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Al Qaeda contacted suspect, officials say

October 06, 2009|Times Wire Reports

An Afghan immigrant accused of plotting a terrorist attack in New York City after receiving training in Pakistan was in contact with a senior Al Qaeda operative, intelligence officials familiar with the investigation said.

The CIA learned about Najibullah Zazi, 24, through a source and alerted domestic agencies, including the FBI, intelligence officials told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Zazi was arrested last month initially on charges that he lied to federal investigators. He remains held without bond and has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction. The charges related to his statements to investigators later were dropped.

Prosecutors submitted court documents saying they intend to use electronic information the FBI obtained through the use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

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