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Aspiring Spy Concocts Tale of Terrorist Plot

The young Pakistani man’s methods seemed to be those of someone who trafficked in secret information: He advised the police officers to meet him in plainclothes at the salad bar of an anonymous 24-hour Midtown grocery. He dropped a piece of paper for them, a note with an address where they could talk. He said he worked with Pakistani intelligence. He told the police that he had been partying all night with friends who had ties to Al Qaeda, and that they were planning to bomb the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels. He told the federal authorities that he wanted no part of it, and that they could foil the terrorists at a restaurant on 27th Street in Manhattan. It was Saturday morning and security efforts went into high gear citywide. As a result, traffic was snarled, particularly near the tunnels. The whole scenario, according to court papers, was an elaborately concocted lie, a tale that the man, Khuram S. Yousifzai, said he told because he was high on drugs and drunk. He said it temporarily made him feel good, like a “big man,” the court papers said. Full Story

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