PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A defense attorney for an Oregon terrorism suspect tried to draw into question the accuracy and selectiveness of the written records made by an FBI agent who headed up the undercover operation that led to her client's arrest.
The records are crucial to establishing the initial face-to-face contact between the suspect, Mohamed Mohamud, and an undercover agent posing as a jihadi.
The FBI says the agent attempted to tape-record the 2010 meeting, but the battery in his recording device failed. That left only a written summary by the agent's FBI handler, Elvis Chan.
Mohamud is accused of trying to detonate a bomb at a Portland Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in November 2010.
During his trial Wednesday, defense attorney Lisa Hay questioned why Chan chose not to record the agent telling Mohamud that he was in competition with five other men to help carry out the purported al-Qaida plot.