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Attorney General Says Suspect Was Given Chances To Back Away From Plot

OPB | Nov. 29, 2010 4 a.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 1:06 a.m. | Portland, OR

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The federal government’s top attorney is standing behind the investigation that led to the capture Friday night of a 19-year-old accused of a downtown Portland bomb plot.

Attorney General Eric Holder told CNN Monday that the allegations against Mohamed Osman Mohamud are very serious.

Holder says federal investigators gave Mohamud the chance to back away from his alleged plan to explode a bomb alongside Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Eric Holder: “This is an individual who was given a number of opportunities to desist from his course of action, but who at every turn, decided that he wanted to continue. But for the interaction that he had with the FBI, he might’ve come in contact with somebody who in fact could’ve made his plans tragically real.”

Mohamud is due to be arraigned in federal court  Monday on charges of Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction.

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