(Washington DC) – The State Department says it is paying more than $ 2 million a month to provide 24-hour security to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a former top aide, both of whom face “serious and credible” threats from Iran. The department said in a report to Congress that it would cost 13.1 million to protect Pompeo and former Iranian ambassador Brian Hook between August 2021 and February 2022. The report, dated February 14 and marked “sensitive but unclassified,” was obtained by the Associated Press on Saturday.
Pompeo and Hook led the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, and the report states that US intelligence has assessed that the threat to them has remained constant and could intensify since they left the government. Threats continue despite President Joe Biden’s administration engaging in indirect talks with Iran over the return of the United States to the 2015 nuclear deal. As a former secretary of state, Pompeo was automatically granted 180 days of protection by the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security after leaving office. But that protection has been repeatedly extended within 60 days.
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