A lawyer for a Pakistani woman charged with trying to kill United States military officers in a gunfight in Afghanistan accused the US Government of setting up her client by planting evidence on her.
The lawyer, Elizabeth Fink, also accused the Government of trying to poison the court process by leaking information about her client, Aafia Siddiqui, who was brought to the US a week earlier to face federal charges.
Siddiqui was arrested on July 17 after she was found outside a governor's compound in the Ghazni Province with papers describing US landmarks, with bottles and jars of chemicals and with papers telling how to make chemical weapons, said an FBI affidavit filed in federal court in New York.
ABC News reported yesterday that Siddiqui had been carrying maps of New York and a list of potential terrorism targets including the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the subway system and an animal disease centre when she was taken into custody.
On Wednesday, the network reported that Siddiqui also was plotting to kill former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George Bush snr and to attack the White House.
"Of course they found all this stuff on her. It was planted on her," Fink said. "She is the ultimate victim of the American dark side."