More on Iranian Cyberplot, Plus Plans to Close Straits of Hormuz

Bob Beauprez
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Posted: Dec 15, 2011 12:01 AM

Two days ago we reported on bombshell revelation of a cyber-attack plot against the U.S. formulated in Mexico with Iran government officials at the center.  The plot was exposed last week in a documentary on Univision, the largest Spanish language network in the U.S.  

Today the Washington Times has additional information involving not only the Iranian Ambassador to Mexico, but also the Cuban Embassy, and the Venezuela consul in Miami.  The cyberplot was labeled "disturbing" by the State Department, and drew quick response on Capitol Hill, as well. 

Senator Robert Menendez, (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere has already announced plans for hearings to focus on Iran's activities in Latin America. "If Iran is using regional actors to facilitate and direct activities against the United States, this would represent a substantial increase in the level of the Iranian threat and would necessitate an immediate response," Menendez said. 

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee sent a letter to Sec. of State Clinton demanding the expulsion of Venezuela consul, Livia Antonieta Acosta Noguera, if the allegations are confirmed.  

In Venezuela, Hugo Chavez denied all the allegations and claimed the cyberplot was a fabrication by the U.S. "They are using a lie as an excuse to attack us," Chavez said.  "We must be on our guard." 

Read the entire Washington Times feature here

Meanwhile, Fox News is reporting that Iran announced military exercises to close the Straits of Hormuz. "Soon we will hold a military maneuver on how to close the Strait of Hormuz," said Parviz Sarvari, a member of the Iranian parliament's National Security Committee.  "If the world wants to make the region insecure, we will make the world insecure."  One-sixth of the world's daily consumption of oil moves through the water passage on Iran’s western coast that narrows to just 34 miles.  

This is the same Iranian regime that President Obama didn't want to upset by destroying the RQ-170 drone before they got their hands on one of the most sophisticated pieces of aviation reconnaissance technology in the world.   The mullahs in Tehran must have missed the “soft diplomacy” invitation from the Oval Office.