The high-ranking U.S. government official who allegedly was considered for assassination during a terrorism plot has been identified as President Obama, a law enforcement official says.
The official stressed that suspect Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a Bangladeshi man who came to the United States to wage jihad, never got beyond the discussion stage.
He arrived in January on a student visa and studied for one semester at Southeast Missouri State University, but he requested a records transfer in January and the university did not know why. Apparently, he instead decided to plot an attack, reaching out for possible conspirators who turned out to be government agents, authorities said.
He had sought assurances from one undercover, posing as an al Qaeda contact, that the terrorist group would support the operation.
"The thing that I want to do, ask you about, is that, the thing I’m doing, it’s under al Qaeda?" he was recorded saying during a meeting in a bugged hotel room in Queens, according to the complaint.