US Agent Almost Accidentally Shot Ahmadinejad
Book reveals incident that changed US-Iranian relations a little
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 21, 2013 11:07 AM CDT
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad makes a victory sign after attending the funeral ceremony for Hugo Chavez at the military academy in Caracas, Venezuela, March 8, 2013.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

(Newser) – It was the shot that was almost heard around the world. In September 2006, a US Secret Service Agent fired off a shotgun blast just as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was loading his motorcade at the InterContinental Hotel during a UN General Assembly meeting in New York—apparently by mistake. The incident is revealed in a short book excerpt from Marc Ambinder and DB Grady's Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry, published at the Atlantic today.

The agent was adjusting a side-mounted shotgun on the motorcade, when he accidentally discharged it. "Everyone just stopped," one official recalls. "The Iranians looked at us and we looked at the Iranians. The agent began to apologize. Ahmadinejad just turned his head and got into his car." The US kept expecting Ahmadinejad to bring up the incident at the UN, perhaps claiming the US had tried to assassinate him. When he didn't, the authors write that Bush's aides began to "see Ahmadinejad in a new light."

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Mar 22, 2013 8:04 PM CDT
I wonder if the bungling agent knows how close he came to getting machine gunned down by the security of all the dignitaries on site. If a Iranian agent had made this mistake our secret service most surely would have murdered a bunch of people, just like the cops often do when they get all scared someone might get a round off in or at them. They just open up at anything that moves. They say Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by his own security attachment, either on purpose or out of stupidity.
Mar 22, 2013 11:47 AM CDT
And where did the shot go?
Mar 22, 2013 6:26 AM CDT
" Accidentally". Of course. Nothing happens " accidentally" in the biggest police state of the world.