Testimony began Monday in the trial of Mohamed Mohamud, the man who was accused at age 19 of plotting to set off a large explosive in downtown Portland.
Prosecutors called FBI Special Agent Miltiadis Trousas to the stand. Trousas said Mohamud had been corresponding with, in his words, “dangerous people”, and writing for an English-language magazine dedicated to violent jihad.
Trousas said agents thought Mohamud was close to contacting a man the government believed was an Al-Qaeda recruiter.
Trousas led the undercover operation that contacted Mohamud when he was 18, with the intent of determining what he was capable of.
On cross-examination, the defense pressed Trousas on the fact that, at one point, Mohamud responded to a spam email, thinking he’d been contacted about going abroad to Yemen.
Federal defender Steve Sady also questioned Trousas about early surveillance, before the FBI’s formal investigation began. Mohamud was 17 at that point.
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