John Nuttall, B.C. terror suspect, anxiously waited for news of explosions in Victoria
Nuttall predicted 200 people might die as the result of the explosions
He and his wife, Amanda Korody, had planted their homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the British Columbia legislature in the early morning of July 1, 2013, a jury has heard, and the time of the planned detonation had come and gone.
"Maybe they haven't prepared the story yet, or maybe they're just not reporting it because it's so shocking," Nuttall says in a video played in court Thursday.
Nuttall says he expects the television programming to be interrupted by an "emergency news bulletin."
'No news is bad news'
Nuttall and Korody, who were recent converts to Islam, were targeted by a months-long RCMP undercover operation in which an officer posing as an Arab businessman befriended them and offered to help.
"I'm starting to think the news is real bad -- no news is bad," says Nuttall.
"Yeah, they didn't go off, I guess," replies Nuttall.
Nuttall has said Islam is at war and that he and his wife are behind enemy lines.
Nuttall predicted 200 deaths
As they wait at the motel, Nuttall speaks to the undercover officer over the telephone. After the call, he is agitated and tells Korody they need to prepare to leave.
"What happened?" asks Korody.
Nuttall tells Korody the officer has secured a plane and they will be leaving the country.
Even as his plan falls apart, Nuttall appears more sure than ever that he is dealing with genuine jihadists.
The jury has already been told that in the early afternoon, the officer tells Nuttall over the phone that he will pick them up and take them to the airport. He tells them to leave their belongings and walk to a parking lot across the street.
The jury will finish watching and listening to wiretap evidence on Monday, after which the defence will cross-examine the undercover officer before the Crown calls its next witness.