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The Secret Service Almost Shot Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad In 2006

Remember that time a U.S. Secret Service agent discharged a shotgun awfully close to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Yes, apparently that happened in 2006 — according to an excerpt from the book Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry by Marc Ambinder and D. B. Grady. Ahmadinejad, it appears, was a good sport about it.

The brief excerpt, published by The Atlantic, referred to “a particularly chilling item” from one of President George W. Bush‘s daily intelligence briefings.

“A U.S. Secret Service agent, in an apparent accident, discharged his shotgun as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was loading his motorcade at the InterContinental Hotel yesterday.”

The “potentially devastating public-relations coup” scared White House officials, according to the authors, because, as the U.S. sought to deal with Iran’s nuclear program, they felt the Iranian president would make the accident public, perhaps alleging an assassination attempt.

But he didn’t. “Ahmadinejad just turned his head and got into his car.”

Read the excerpt here.

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