The One News Now website reports today that a native New Yorker -- accused of conspiring to join al-Qaida and start an al-Qaida cell -- has pleaded guilty to charges in the case.
Wesam El-Hanafi pleaded guilty today (June 18, 2012) in Manhattan federal court.
Prosecutors say the Brooklyn-born El-Hanafi pledged loyalty to al-Qaida. They also say he helped teach the group how to evade detection on the Internet after he went to Yemen in February 2008.
El-Hanafi was arrested in Virginia in April 2010, when he was brought to the United States from Dubai. He had been working in that country in a government job safeguarding computer systems.