Allegedly, the plot was foiled after the FSB intercepted documents in the republic of Georgia, describing a project codenamed "Operation Drago." The assassination plot was allegedly engineered by a rogue element of high-ranking Israeli military officials as detailed in encrypted documents captured from retreating Georgian special forces troops trained in Israel.
Ironically, earlier this summer Libyan President Colonel Gaddafi suggested Senator Obama's promises to pro-Israeli groups to not divide Jerusalem (as the native Palestinian population desire) were motivated by a fear of assassination by Israeli agents, "the same fate as [former US President John F.] Kennedy when he promised to look into Israel's nuclear program," according to the BBC.
The assassination plot allegedly involved a disinformation ploy to set up the members of an outlaw motorcycle gang, the 'Sons of Silence,' as the patsies described by the FBI as Neo-Nazis. Suspect Tharin Robert Gartrell told US intelligence officials, that he and his co-conspirators which would have provided a clear and unobstructed shot at the podium. According to American media sources, the plot had little chance of success.
According to the LA Times, one of the men, 33-year old Shawn Adolph, reportedly "wore a ring with the Nazi swastika. He was injured when he jumped out of a hotel window fleeing Secret Service agents. All are now in custody on drug and weapons charges."
The USA is ranked 48th on the World Press Freedom Index behind such countries as Latvia, Lithuania, Nicaragua, the Czeck Republic, Romania, Chili and Taiwan.