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Terror Suspect Wants Surveillance Records For Defense

AP | Sept. 27, 2012 7:23 a.m.

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In the year before his arrest, terror suspect Mohamed Mohamud sent more than 11,000 text messages. He was watched by FBI agents, his calls were monitored and his emails were tracked.

Now, his defense team wants records of that surveillance, records the government says it’s not required to provide.

The defense is seeking to prevent certain evidence from being introduced to a jury at Mohamud’s January trial.

The back-and-forth has played out in federal court this week, including testimony Wednesday from a former FBI agent who led the investigation that culminated in dramatic arrest during a 2010 Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland.

Prosecutors say Mohamud was attempting to detonate a bomb. His co-conspirators were undercover FBI agents and the bomb they showed him was a fake.

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