HATE preacher Anjem Choudary boasted of mentoring London Bridge fiend Usman Khan.
The convicted ISIS cheerleader said the knife killer met him with other jihadis to talk about terror acts because they were “young and inquisitive”.
In a 2012 recording unearthed by The Sun, Choudary named Khan among bomb plotters from Stoke-on-Trent he described as “decent”.
Choudary – who served less than two years of a five-and-a-half year jail term for IS rabble rousing before being freed on licence last year – named Usman in a roll call of the 2010 plotters.
The firebrand even suggested the plot to launch a “Mumbai-style” atrocity was not illegal as they were simply “thought crimes”.
He added: “They are young – I imagine many young people talk about outrageous things but they did not carry anything out.
“They were just talking and discussing things. What is happening is not some thing that should be illegal, really.”
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“They (Stoke members of London Stock Exchange bomb plot) were well known by the police for struggling (for extreme Islam).
“They used to attend demonstrations and protests but that does not mean that they were part of any organisation.”
Khan, who was shot dead after fatally stabbing two people on Friday, used the alias Abu Saif when he spoke alongside Choudary at the event on Sharia Law, organised by a group called Ahl Sunnah Wal Jumah.