The Council on American-Islamic Relations has raised a stir with federal prosecutors in an Inland Empire terrorism case by issuing a press release days before trial was to begin seeking public assistance in obtaining information about a confidential FBI informant in the case.

CAIR's Greater Los Angeles Area office issued a press release on Aug. 10, three days before trial was to begin. It indicated the informant had been paid $356,645 by the government as well as immigration benefits because he was a convicted felon being allowed to stay in the U.S. to work as an informant.

The government has confirmed their informant served time in federal prison for trafficking in pseudo ephedrine, which is used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

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