The linked story, run by Pravda-on-the-Hudson goes out of its way not to inform you of many important details, so let me fill in a few for you.
The two were caught when the Seattle police were tipped off by someone the pair approached to participate. The article mentions that this person, who later acted as a paid informant had a hefty felony record, so it's not going to far out on a limb to guess that he was (a) a fellow Muslim since the wanna-be jihadis tried to recruit him (b) that Abdul-Latif and Mujahidh may very well have met him in prison ( the article says Abdul-Latif also had a hefty felony record) and (c) that Abdul-Latif at least and likely Mujahidh were converted to Islam in prison by one of the wahabi imams specializing in converting convicts to that brand of hard line Islam.
The Seattle PD brought the feds into the picture, and their snitch helped agents make audio and video recordings of conversations he had with the two defendants, and later provided them with automatic rifles that came from the feds.Being smarter than the sort of people who thought up Fast and Furious, the feds made sure the weapons were inoperable.
At one point, Mr. Abdul-Latif said, according to a government transcription of a recorded conversation: “We’re not only trying to kill people, we’re trying to send a message. We’re trying to get something that’s gonna be on CNN and all over the world.”
Jenny A. Durkan, the US attorney for the Western District of Washington, said the case “clearly shows that these people intended and clearly planned a deadly attack against a military facility.”
“The crimes alleged in the complaint were completed last night,” Ms. Durkan said. “The plot itself was not completed.”
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