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Bryant Neal Vinas, a Muslim from New York convicted of participating in and supporting Qaeda plots in Afghanistan and the U.S., in New York, Feb. 28, 2018. Vinas was deemed one of the government’s most important cooperators. But he was not given the witness protection that prosecutors sought. (Joshua Bright/The New York Times)

Bryant Neal Vinas, a Muslim from New York convicted of participating in and supporting Qaeda plots in Afghanistan and the U.S., in New York, Feb. 28, 2018. Vinas was deemed one of the government’s most important cooperators. But he was not given the witness protection that prosecutors sought. (Joshua Bright/The New York Times)