NYC prosecutors say US man trained by al-Qaida, informed on NYC transit system

Prosecutors: American charged in NYC terror case

NEW YORK — An American has been charged with receiving training from al-Qaida and providing the terrorist organization with information about the New York City transit system.

Court papers unsealed Wednesday in New York federal court identified the defendant as Bryant Neal Vinas, who was believed to be cooperating in a terrorism case in Europe.

Vinas’ identity had been kept secret since his indictment late last year, and federal prosecutors refused to discuss the case on Wednesday.

But a defense attorney in the European case said that Vinas had provided evidence to prosecutors there.

Vinas’ attorney didn’t immediately respond to a telephone message left Wednesday.

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