File this under the Obama file: "What jihad?" Respect it!
Background on the New York raid here.
When it comes to ties, I prefer Stefano Ricci.
An update on this story. "Official: Plot Suspect Admits al Qaeda Ties, May
Plead Guilty: Three-Day FBI Interrogation Reveals Denver
Man Had Received Explosives Training," by Richard Esposito, Clayton Sandell and
Brian Ross for ABC News, September 18 (thanks to Benedict):
The Denver man at the center of an alleged New York bomb plot, Najibullah
Zazi, has admitted he has ties to al Qaeda and is in negotiations to plead
guilty to a terror charge, a senior law enforcement official told ABC News.
The official said Zazi had received explosives training and his possible
guilty plea would be part of a deal to cooperate with the government.
The 24-year old Zazi had insisted he had "no ties, no connection to al
Qaeda" in interviews with reporters earlier this week after his name surfaced in
connection with the investigation.
But after two eight-hour interrogations at the FBI
offices in Denver on Wednesday and Thursday, Zazi told a different
story this morning, the law enforcement official said.
The plea negotiations were first reported by the New York Daily News.
A lawyer for Zazi, Arthur Folsom, called the reports "completely
Zazi has been under investigation for almost a year, according to law
enforcement and intelligence officials. The CIA
reportedly first learned of his alleged al Qaeda ties when Zazi visited
Pakistan and official said they later learned of "deeply troubling"
conversations that were picked up on government intercepts.
Zazi and his lawyer, Arthur Folsom, had maintained his trips to Pakistan were
only to visit his wife….
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