The fate of a former U. S. Navy sailor convicted of providing material support to terrorists may hinge on a “Mission Impossible”-style scenario: Whether he meant for a secret message to be destroyed after reading, and why.

Hassan Abu-Jihaad, who was convicted last February in U.S. District Court in New Haven, is seeking a new trial or a directed verdict of acquittal. His lawyers argued his case back in New Haven Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Mark. R. Kravitz.

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