Meanwhile, they were sitting with Biden’s handlers to demand an end to the sanctions. The mullahs know that there is nothing they can do that will make Biden’s handlers not want to give them everything they want.
“Iranian operatives plan to kidnap Brooklyn perpetrator, prosecutors say”, by Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, July 13, 2021:
An Iranian-American journalist living in Brooklyn was the target of an international kidnapping plot orchestrated by an Iranian intelligence network, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
In an indictment revealed in Manhattan federal court, four Iranians were charged with conspiring to kidnap the journalist and author, Masih Alinejad, who has long been a staunch critic of the Iranian government.
Ms. Alinejad was not identified by prosecutors, but confirmed in an interview that she was the intended target of the plot. Last year, Ms Alinejad wrote in a newspaper article that Iranian government officials had unleashed a campaign on social media calling for her abduction.
The four defendants all live in Iran, prosecutors said, identifying one of them, Alireza Shavaroghi Farahani, as an Iranian intelligence official and the other three as “Iranian intelligence assets.” A fifth defendant, charged with supporting the plot but not participating in the kidnapping conspiracy, was arrested in California.
A federal indictment describes a plot that included attempts to lure Ms. Alinejad to a third country to capture her and forcibly hand her over to Iran. The intelligence official, Mr. Farahani, and his network used private investigators to monitor, photograph and videotape Ms. Alinejad and members of her household in Brooklyn, the government said.
The extensive surveillance that Farahani’s network obtained included the use of high-definition live video showing Ms. Alinejad’s home, prosecutors said.
“This is not a crazy movie plot,” William F. Sweeney Jr., head of the FBI’s New York office, said in a statement.
In a 2018 essay in The New York Times, Alinejad described her decision to leave Iran a decade earlier.
“As a journalist in Iran, I often got into trouble exposing the mismanagement and corruption of the regime until finally my press pass was revoked,” he wrote. “I was often threatened with arrest or worse for writing articles criticizing former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In the end, I was forced to flee my homeland in 2009 ”…