FBI agent admits deleting emails amid terror probe


Associated Press
January 13, 2012

An FBI agent testified Thursday that she deleted potentially sensitive emails covering several months when she was helping spearhead an investigation of a terror suspect.

Defense attorneys have sought to examine FBI emails to see if they reveal agents skirted interrogation rules in the case of Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed, an Eritrean man charged in Manhattan federal court with supporting terrorism.

Ahmed’s lawyers have asked U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel to bar statements made by Ahmed while he was detained in Nigeria in 2009 before being turned over to U.S. authorities. The defendant is charged with receiving explosives training, buying an assault rifle and raising money for al-Shabaab, an extremist group in Somalia.

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