Ramon Antonio Vargas “Salman Rushdie ‘road to recovery has begun’ but ‘will be long,’ agent says” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/aug/14/salman-rushdie-is-off-ventilator-and-able-to-talk-agent-says
A motive for the attack appears to be unclear. The suspect was born a decade after The Satanic Verses was published.
Barone, the public defender, said after Saturday’s hearing that Matar, from Fairview, New Jersey, had been communicating openly with him and that he would spend the coming weeks trying to learn about his client, including whether he has psychological or addiction issues.
Matar was born in the United States to parents who emigrated from Yaroun in southern Lebanon, the mayor of the village, Ali Tehfe, told the Associated Press.
Flags of the Iran-backed Shia militant group Hezbollah are visible across the village, along with portraits of leader Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Iran Ali Khamenei, Khomeini and slain Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
Journalists visiting Yaroun on Saturday were asked to leave. Hezbollah spokespeople did not respond to requests for comment.
Iran’s theocratic government and its state-run media assigned no motive for the attack. In Tehran, some Iranians praised the attack on an author they believe tarnished the Islamic faith, while others worried it would further isolate their country.
Martin Chulov “Salman Rushdie attack: Iranians react with mixture of praise and concern” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/aug/13/salman-rushdie-attack-iranians-react-with-mixture-of-praise-and-concern
Ed Pilkington and Philip Oltermann “Salman Rushdie had started to believe his ‘life was normal again’” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/aug/13/salman-rushdie-had-started-to-believe-his-life-was-normal-again
*2:Ramon Antonio Vargas “Salman Rushdie attack: suspect pleads not guilty to attempted murder charge” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/13/hadi-matar-charged-with-attempted-of-salman-rushdie