Terror suspect Ahmad Afzali a double agent?

September 21, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Ahmad Afzali, 37, arrested in the Denver terrorism probe was reportedly an FBI informant who the feds say became a double agent. Afzali a NY Queens imam (an Islamic leadership position, often the leader of a mosque and the community) known for his moving sermons, allegedly tipped suspects that were in the government’s cross hairs.

Afzali’s lawyer Ron Kuby told the NY Daily News, his client is a fall guy, insisted he’s been loyally helping the feds root out extremists since 9/11.  He said the FBI came to his client “frantic for any information about Zazi.”

“I think the FBI is angry that they blew this case, and they want to blame poor Imam Afzali for blowing the investigation,” Kuby said.

According to the government via NY Daily News:

Agents approached Afzali Sept. 10 and showed him a photo of Najibullah Zazi, 24, a fellow Afghan immigrant who moved from Queens to Denver.

The next day, Sept. 11, FBI wiretaps caught Zazi’s father telling his son he’d gotten a call from Afzali warning him the FBI was showing his photo.

Then call waiting beeped: Afzali was on Zazi’s other line.

“They asked me about you guys,” the imam told the suspected terrorist, according to a transcript. “They came to ask me about your characters.”

Afzali told Zazi, “Listen, our phone call is being monitored.”

Hours later, Zazi called the imam to say his rental car had vanished. Afzali allegedly asked if there was any “evidence” in the car, and Zazi said no.

Zazi, an airport shuttle driver, who has admitted receiving weapons training from al-Qaida, was allegedly found to have notes in his handwriting describing how to make bombs in the rental car. The FBI also allegedly discovered his fingerprints on materials — batteries and a scale — that could be used to make explosives. Also arrested were his father, Mohammed Wali Zazi, 53, in Denver.


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