Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Plot to Kill Obama in Denver Revealed

Plot to kill Obama

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 08:03

Four people have been arrested in Denver amid fears of a plot to kill Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama, a local report said on Monday.

Denver-based CBS34 said one of the men arrested had told authorities they were "going to shoot Obama from a high vantage point using... a rifle... sighted at 750 yards."

The shooting was supposed to happen on Thursday when Obama will accept the nomination as the Democratic Party's presidential candidate for the November elections at the 75 000-seat Invesco stadium, the television station reported.

One man was arrested on Sunday after police found two high-powered rifles in a rented pick-up truck he was driving, it added.

The US Attorney's Office in Denver has scheduled a press conference on Tuesday to discuss the incident, but Attorney Troy Eid told CBS34 he did not believe there was a real threat to Obama.

The alleged plot was being investigated by the Secret Service, which is in charge of co-ordinating security for the Democratic Party convention as well as the FBI and the joint terrorism task force.


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