Al-Qaida's Afghanistan Leader Contacted Zazi

An attorney for terror suspect Najibullah Zazi says he's not aware of a claim that his client had contact with senior al-Qaida officials.

Arthur Folsom says Zazi has told investigators he'd met with a number of people while in Pakistan. Folsom says Zazi "may well have talked to someone at a coffee shop who had some type of connection he wasn't aware of."

Folsom says prosecutors have mischaracterized comments Zazi made after he voluntarily agreed to meet before his arrest last month. Folsom says those comments have "been wildly exaggerated or blown out of proportion."

Zazi, a Colorado airport shuttle driver, is accused of plotting a bombing in New York. U.S. intelligence officials tell The Associated Press he had contacts with al-Qaida that went nearly all the way to the top.

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