SSA giving ‘necessary attention’ to alleged plot to assassinate Ambassador Marks

SSA giving ‘necessary attention’ to alleged plot to assassinate Ambassador Marks

Iran is considering a plot to assassinate the American ambassador to South Africa, in retaliation for the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, two USA government officials told Politico.

Lana Marks' appointment as the USA ambassador to South Africa back in 2018 raised many eyebrows, with the Pretoria-born handbag designer seemingly light on political experience. An intelligence community directive known as "Duty to Warn" requires USA spy agencies to notify a potential victim if intelligence indicates their life could be in danger; in the case of US government officials, credible threats would be included in briefings and security planning.

According to a 2015 directive known as the "Duty to Warn", US intelligence agencies are required under law to warn individuals if they are known to face an imminent risk of murder, kidnapping or serious bodily harm.

According to the report, USA officials have been aware of Iran's plans since the spring. Marks, a successful businesswoman, does have close ties to President Donald Trump, though, and has been a member of the Mar-a-Lago club for more than two decades.

US Ambassador To SA At Centre Of Alleged Assassination Plot

Other than Marks' relationship with Trump, officials noted it was unclear why she was singled out.

"We advise the American officials to stop resorting to hackneyed and worn-out methods for anti-Iran propaganda in the global arena", Khatibzadeh said in a statement on Monday.

General Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), were killed in United States airstrikes at Baghdad's worldwide airport on January 3. Last month, General Kenneth McKenzie, the head of US Central Command, who is also on the Iranian government's hit list, said he expected a fresh "response" from Tehran to the presence of American troops in Iraq, which is expected to be cut from 5,200 to 3,000 by the end of September as part of Mr Trump's withdrawl programme.

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