Biden’s handlers have emboldened the mullahs. Expect more of this.
An update on this story. “Masih Alinejad: How Iran threatened and attempted to kidnap a US journalist,” Reuters, July 15, 2021:
The image on the alleged Iranian intelligence operative’s device was chilling: A graphic showing photos of two Iranian dissidents captured overseas. Next to them was a picture of a journalist US prosecutors say he intended to kidnap and the caption “are you coming or should we come for you?”
The intended target was Iranian American journalist Masih Alinejad, a contributor to US government-financed Voice of America’s Farsi edition, who had angered Iran through her pointed criticism of the country’s head-covering laws, according to US prosecutors….
The image, which prosecutors said was seized in an electronic device and captioned in Farsi, was revealed in unsealed court papers.
US authorities say the plot is part of an escalating effort by the Islamic Republic to harass, surveil and kidnap Iranian activists overseas.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh dismissed the kidnapping allegations as “baseless and ridiculous.” But Tehran has said over the past two years it would amp up its overseas intelligence operations in response to US sanctions and military actions, like the killing of General Qassem Soleimani.
The four Iranians charged in the case hired private detectives in Manhattan to surveil Alinejad and her family. The Iranian intelligence operatives were trying to figure out how to spirit Alinejad out of New York by boat to South America, US authorities said.
The same network of Iranian intelligence operatives targeted at least four other activists in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, hiring local private investigators to photograph entrances to homes, follow family members and monitor their contacts, prosecutors said….