China And Iran Reportedly Using Private Detectives To Target Dissidents In U.S.

China and Iran have utilized the approach that one expert has called low-risk state-sponsored terrorism on American soil.
US President Joe Biden meets with China's President Xi Jinping during a virtual summit from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, November 15, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • New York private detective Michael McKeever was hired by Iranian intelligence agents “in a suspected plot to kidnap Masih Alinejad, a prominent Iranian-American journalist” who has criticized Iran’s human-rights abuses, according to the New York Times.
  • “It strikes me as low-cost, low-risk state-sponsored terrorism in the 21st century,” terrorism expert Bruce Hoffman said in the report.
  • The report arises as President Joe Biden met with China’s president this week to address a variety of concerns between the two nations.

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