He was unknowingly part of a sting operation, the Justice Department said. Though Ferdaus believed he was collaborating directly with representatives of the terrorist organization al-Qaida, he was actually working with undercover FBI operatives who had been monitoring him since 2010.
A hearing to formally recognize the plea agreement is scheduled for July 20.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.