WASHINGTON - Iran assassination plot suspect Manssor Arbabsiar was introduced to an undercover federal informant by a woman Arbabsiar met years ago when he worked as a Texas used-car dealer, US officials said on Thursday.
Arbabsiar approached the woman earlier this year after returning last spring from a trip to Iran, two US officials briefed on the investigation into the alleged plot said.
He asked the woman, whose identity has not become public, whether she could introduce him to anyone who "knew explosives," one of the US officials said.
She arranged for Arbabsiar to get in touch with her nephew. What neither the woman nor Arbabsiar knew was that the nephew, whose identity is also unknown, had an established relationship with law enforcement agencies as a drug informant.