Mohamed Mohamud's defense team claimed Friday that a man working for the U.S. government tried to provoke their client into violent acts more than a year before the FBI accused him of trying to bomb Portland's downtown Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

The defense claims a man identified only as "Bill Smith" and working on behalf of the government sent e-mails to Mohamud a year before the attempted bombing.

Source: The Oregonian

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