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However, Sean Joyce, deputy director of the FBI, divulged some recently declassified information about two foiled domestic plots.
In May 2010 he pleaded guilty to providing material support to a terrorist organization. He admitted sending more than $23,000 to al-Qaida and performing "other tasks" for the group, The Star reported.
"And this was the plot that was in the very initial stages of plotting to bomb the New York Stock Exchange," he said. "We were able to disrupt the plot, we were able to lure some individuals to the United States, and we were able to effect their arrest. And they were convicted for this terrorist activity."
Joyce said the FBI investigated the man shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks but didn't find any connection to terrorist activity.
With further electronic surveillance, approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Joyce said the FBI was able to identify the man's co-conspirators "and we were able to disrupt this terrorist activity."
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