Iranian Agents Charged With Attempted Kidnapping of US Journalist


The four agents surveilled the journalist's home in Brooklyn and hired private investigators to track her movements.

Their plan was to abduct her and return her to Iran, where her fate would have been uncertain.

According to Reuters:

While the indictment did not name the target of the plot, Reuters has confirmed she is Iranian-American journalist Masih Alinejad, who has contributed to the U.S. government-funded Voice of America Persian language service and reports on human rights issues in Iran.

Alinejad was approached by the FBI eight months ago with information showing that she was being tracked. According to the Justice Department, the four agents intended to forcibly take her back to Iran.

In recent years, Iranian agents have tricked a number of dissidents into embarking on international travel, only to be abducted and imprisoned in Iran.

“I can’t believe I’m not even safe in America,” Alinejad said.

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