Salman Rushdie Now Thinks Assassination Plot Made Up

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Salman Rushdie attends a Spring Evening to Benefit the New Growth Partnership at Urban Zen on May 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images) Photo: Donna Ward/2011 Getty Images

An Indian newspaper, The Hindu, yesterday broke the story that underworld hit men hired to kill Salman Rushdie were actually just a ruse by local Rajasthan police officials to keep the author — infamous for his banned Satanic Verses — away from the Jaipur Literary Festival. "I've investigated, & believe that I was indeed lied to," Rushdie wrote on Twitter last night. "I am outraged and very angry."