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The FBI affidavit that outlined the investigation alleges that Mohamud planned the attack for months, at one point mailing bomb components to FBI operatives, whom he believed were assembling the device.
Authorities allowed the plot to proceed in order to build up enough evidence to charge the suspect with attempt.
The two used coded language in which the FBI believes Mohamud discussed traveling to Pakistan to prepare for "violent jihad," the documents said.
In June an FBI agent contacted MohamFriday, an agent and Mohamud drove to downtown Portland in a white van that carried six 55-ga
...he attempted to detonate what he believed was an explosives-laden van...
But the bomb turned out to be fake, thanks to an undercover operation designed to undermine the plotter. Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said "the materials were not explosive," and officials said the public was never in danger from the mock device.
The seems but yet another situation where authorities, agencies, etc have supposedly 'ferreted out' a suspected individual and then went on to entice, incite or actually provide for and encourage said individual to 'carry out their plan'.