Revealed: Secret Service almost accidentally shot Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2006

It has been revealed in the newly released book Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry, written by national security journalists Marc Ambinder and D.B. Grady, that in 2006 a Secret Service agent posted outside of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad NYC hotel accidentally discharged his shotgun as the Iranian President was entering his limo.

According to one official, it began, “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.”

At the time, the Bush administration was weighing how to deal with the Iranian nuclear-weapons program. And here a Secret Service agent had just given Iran a potentially devastating public-relations coup. Ahmadinejad was certain to reveal the accident in some grand form before the whole of the United Nations. He might allege that the United States had tried to assassinate him, and thus upend the entire conference. “When I read that, I remember closing my eyes,” recalls the official.

The agent was adjusting the side-mounted shotgun on one of the motorcade’s armored follow-up Suburbans when it discharged. “Everyone just stopped. The Iranians looked at us and we looked at the Iranians. The agent began to apologize. Ahmadinejad just turned his head and got into his car.” And that was it.