An Iranian operative has been charged with murdering former Trump administration national security agent John Bolton in retaliation for a U.S. airstrike that killed a popular and powerful general in the country, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
Shahram Poursafi, identified by U.S. officials as a member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, is wanted by the FBI in connection with a murder-for-hire conspiracy.
Prosecutors said the act may have been in retaliation for the January 2020 strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force.
In a statement, Bolton thanked the FBI and the Justice Department for their work in investigating the case.
“While not much can be said publicly right now, one thing is indisputable: Iran’s rulers are liars, terrorists and enemies of the United States,” he said.
Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olson, the Justice Department’s top national security official, said, “This is not the first time we have uncovered an Iranian plot to retaliate against individuals on U.S. soil, and we will work tirelessly to expose and disrupt those efforts.”
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