I predicted this when the story first broke though apparently one of the men was also suggesting that he had ties to Pakistani intelligence.
Investigators alleged Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Ali, 35, posed as various officers and employees of the U.S. government, including members of federal law enforcement agencies, since February 2020 and duped actual federal officers into believing their guise. They are each charged with one count of false impersonation of a federal officer and have yet to enter a plea.
Law enforcement sources told CBS News that investigators are looking into the possibility that the two suspects have ties to Iranian intelligence including to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, an elite component of the Iranian military that conducts special operations, or the Quds force.
Prosecutors said Thursday that Ali told witnesses he had connections to the Pakistani Intelligence Service, which the government said it has not yet verified. Prosecutors also said the government recovered his passport containing three “older” Pakistani visas and two Iranian visas from 2019 and January 2020. There was an indication on Ali’s Iranian visa that he had entered that country at some point, prosecutors said, although they did not specify when.
This is significant because the IRGC has vowed revenge against top American officials and apparently one of the Secret Service agents they were targeting was involved in Jill Biden’s security detail.
Doesn’t mean that Iran was aiming that high, but this comes after an Iranian woman attacking an American in Nevada near two Air Force bases.
And it’s spectacularly bad timing for Biden who was pushing to dump the foreign terror designation for the IRGC.
As part of the effort to bring the nuclear negotiations to a close, the Biden administration has reportedly considered assenting to Iran’s demand that it remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) list. In return, Iran would apparently make a “public commitment…to de-escalate in the region.”
How’s that deescalation working out?