WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the context of the ongoing war between the United States and Iran, former National Security Adviser to the White House John Bolton revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) informed him of an attempt to assassinate him in early 2020 by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) confirmed the revelation of an Iranian plot to assassinate Bolton and announced the indictment of Shahram Borsafi, a member of the IRGC. The DOJ confirmed that Borsafi offered to pay $300,000 to people in the United States to kill Bolton in retaliation for the assassination of IRGC Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani.
Bolton was not the only official targeted, as a source close to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the DOJ informed Pompeo that he was also one of the targets of the Iranian plot. The sum offered for Pompeo’s assassination was $1,000,000.
Commenting on the DOJ’s announcement, current National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan stressed that the administration of President Joe Biden will not compromise on protecting all Americans against threats of violence and terrorism, stressing that Iran will face dire consequences if it attacks any American citizen.
Iran has denied the DOJ’s claims as “ridiculous accusations”.