FBI Director Robert Mueller’s statement on the alleged Iranian-backed plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States

Transcript of statement by FBI Director Robert Mueller on the Iranian-backed plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to United States: 

FBI Director Robert Mueller. IMAGE SOURCE: C-SPAN.org

“This case illustrates that we live in a world where borders and boundaries are increasingly irrelevant, a world where individuals from one country sought to conspire with a drug trafficking cartel in another country to assassinate a foreign official on United States soil. I know it reads like the pages of a Hollywood script. The impact would have been very real and many lives would have been lost.

“These individuals had no regard for their intended victim, no regard for innocent citizens who might have been hurt or killed in this attempted assassination. They had no regard for the rule of law. With these charges, we bring the full weight of that law to bear on those responsible. We send a clear message that any attempts on American soil will not be tolerated.

“This was not a typical case for any of us given the global ties we unraveled and the scope of the plot itself but it represents the full range of threats we faced and it illustrates the need for continued collaboration – collaboration between agencies, departments, collaboration between countries.

“We’ve said it many times before but it does bear repeating. It is only working side-by-side that we are able to stop plots like this before they can take hold.

“We will continue to work together to find and stop those who seek to do us harm, whether they attempt to strike overseas or here at home, whether it’s a conspiracy to kill a foreign official on U.S. soil, a terrorist attack on United States citizens, or a street crime in our communities.”

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