An FBI informant in a terrorism conspiracy case against seven Twin Cities men has been paid more than $41,000 for providing information against his former friends, according to court documents that came to light Thursday.

The payments were disclosed in a motion filed Thursday by the defendants’ attorneys, who allege the payments undermine the informant’s credibility. The informant, code-named “Rover,” by FBI agents, is crucial in the government’s case and was paid based on performance, they said.

“Most importantly of all, the informant has been paid in the most valuable currency of all — his freedom,” wrote attorney Andrew Birrell. “Despite lying under oath multiple times and having participated in the same conduct charged in the indictment, the informant has remained free.”

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