Fars News Agency – October 17, 2011
A senior Pakistani intelligence official revealed on Sunday that Iranian-American citizen Manssor Arbabsiar, who has been accused by the US of an elaborate plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, had received fake ID documents from the Israeli Mossad agency three months ago.
“The person who is accused in this case had received fake ID documents from the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, three months ago,” the Pakistani Urdu-language daily, Nation, quoted the official as saying on the condition of anonymity.
He also revealed that Arbabsiar “was due to conduct an operation named Foss Fling” for the Mossad.
“Manssor is an Iran-American and the US ties with Iran are not normal and good to let him go unmonitored by the US spy agencies; therefore, Iran is totally unlikely to use an individual for assassinating the Saudi ambassador, who is closely monitored by the US intelligence agencies,” the Pakistani intelligence official told the Nation.
In a new plot against Tehran, the US officials alleged on Tuesday that Tehran had intended to assassinate a Saudi envoy to Washington through a hitman from the notorious Mexican drug cartel, los Zetas.
Yesterday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry dismissed the US accusations for a third time, and stressed that the claims had no “legal rationale.”
The ministry said in a statement that the Iranian government has no connection to Arbabsiar. The statement further derided the claims, saying that US officials have put forward no proof.
“Unilaterally announcing accusations without showing documentation and creating a media wave against Iran is in no way compatible with legal logic, and can only be a purely media and political show,” it said.
It said the accusations were “put together based on statements, guesses and suppositions by individuals involved in drug smuggling” and would never stand up in an “appropriate, impartial courtroom”.