SACRAMENTO — Posing as a computer expert with a "secret agenda" to support Muslim causes, the FBI's undercover informant offered to send money from a Lodi, Calif., man to a Pakistani political party, according to transcripts of a recorded conversation introduced Tuesday in a federal terrorism trial.
Defense attorneys described the statements as part of a pattern of provocative and extremist comments that informant Naseem Khan made to win the confidence of the two defendants.
Khan was testifying Tuesday for the first time since his sensational statement last week that he had frequently seen Al Qaeda's No. 2 leader at the Lodi mosque in 1999.
"When it came to expressing extreme radical Islamic views, it was the government's informant who set the stage. His words were far more extreme than anything my client said," said attorney Johnny L. Griffin, who represents Lodi ice cream truck driver Umer Hayat, 48, the man Khan approached about sending money to Pakistan.