Report shows Iran level of targeting US Diplomats has become more pervasive

John Bolton and Mike Pompeo. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

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Important Takeaways:

  • Iran Targets Diplomats and Political Opponents—on U.S. Soil
  • In addition to threats against John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, the Islamic Republic has surveilled members of the think tank community.
  • Individuals working on behalf of the Iranian government have targeted several prominent members… Both in-person surveillance and cyber operations, The Dispatch has learned.
  • At the center of the regime’s campaign is United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI). Sources indicate that Iran’s targets within the organization’s ranks include UANI CEO and former George W. Bush administration official Mark Wallace, former Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, former National Security Adviser John Bolton, and Thomas Kaplan, an American billionaire and UANI’s original funder.
  • “The threat existed from the very beginning. It’s just gotten more and more pervasive,” Kaplan said
  • Kaplan has received “duty to warn” notices from the FBI, which alert targets to threatening activity by hostile foreign powers. Sources say that suspected Iranian-directed operatives have conducted “pattern of life” analyses—tracking UANI affiliates’ movements and routines—in possible preparation for planned abductions or assassinations. In at least three instances, UANI affiliates were photographed by unknown individuals
  • In cyberspace, suspected Iranian hackers have attempted to carry out various phishing operations on UANI members. Records obtained by The Dispatch show efforts by unknown actors to circumvent two-factor authentication, impersonate think tank leadership, and stage fake events with suspicious RSVP links. UANI believes these hacking campaigns to be the work of Charming Kitten, an Iranian government-linked cyberwarfare group.
  • “The threats to Americans are multiple, pervasive, and systematic,” Wallace said, asked by The Dispatch about Iran’s targeting of UANI. “It’s not a localized event. This is a strategic effort by the Iranians to intimidate, exert their strength—a show of force—because they feel like they can either manage, or deal with, or temper any response.”
  • “I’m not aware of any time in our history that a hostile foreign government is systematically and pervasively targeting attacks on American soil against Americans,” Wallace added. “This is a state actor pursuing these activities against Americans. That sure looks to me like an act of war.”

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