Rochester Terrorism Cases Likely Shared Same Informant

Posted: January 1, 2016 in Politics

CS-2 has been busy.

Rochester’s two recent high-profile terrorism-related arrests apparently share a common denominator — an informant, known as CS-2, who worked for the FBI in the arrests of both Mufid Elfgeeh and Emanuel Lutchman.

Elfgeeh, a Rochester pizza shop owner, has pleaded guilty to recruiting for the terrorist network, the Islamic State. Lutchman was arrested Wednesday and accused of an ISIS-inspired plot to abduct or kill patrons at a Rochester bar on New Year’s Eve.

FBI spokeswoman Maureen Dempsey declined to discuss the Lutchman investigation or to comment about whether an informant, also referred to as a confidential source, in the two cases is the same, but court papers make clear that he likely is.

And the informant’s activities could add to a refrain that has become common after similar FBI arrests of alleged terrorist sympathizers: Was the target of the investigation a true threat and terrorist sympathizer or was he instead pushed toward an illegal plot by informants paid by federal law enforcement?

More @ [Democrat & Chronicle]

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