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FBI monitored alleged shooter's e-mail

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FBI monitored alleged shooter's e-mail
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is shown in a 2000 file photo from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Hasan may be paralyzed from the waist down according to a statement by his attorney on November 13, 2009. Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder stemming from the killings at Ft. Hood. UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The suspect in the Fort Hood, Texas, shootings allegedly traded coded e-mails regarding money transfers with a radical Muslim cleric, authorities said.

The alleged e-mails between Army Maj. Nidal Hasan and Anwar al-Awlaki intensified in the months before the Nov. 5 attack that killed 13 people, two sources close to the investigation told The Washington Post in a story published Saturday.

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The two men discussed in "cryptic and coded exchanges" how to transfer money overseas in ways that would not attract law enforcement attention, an unidentified source told The Post, adding Hasan "clearly became more radicalized toward the end."

The FBI monitored the e-mails but did not forward them to the military, government and congressional sources told The Post. Al-Awlaki, a Yemeni cleric who once lived in the United States, is considered by U.S. officials to be an al-Qaida supporter.

The commander of the U.S. Army in Europe is to investigate Hasan's years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Pentagon said Friday. Gen. Carter Ham will investigate reports Hasan's colleagues at Walter Reed were concerned about his performance and apparent embrace of radical Islam.

Hasan is recovering from gunshot wounds that have left him paralyzed.

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