(National Sentinel) Back Story: The father of the Orlando nightclub attack, who has been revealed to be an FBI informant, reassured authorities who were investigating his shooter son that pro-terrorism comments he made before the murders were just examples of him “being stupid.”
As reported by Fox News, FBI Special Agent Juvenal Martin, who was on the stand in the terrorism trial of Noor Salman, Omar Mateen’s wife, said Omar’s father, Seddique, phoned him as his son was being investigated by agents for making his comments in 2006, ten years before the attack, and was upset.
Martin testified that Seddique told him something like, “If he had done those things he was being stupid,” the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Further, Martin said the FBI pulled Omar in for an interview two additional times as part of the investigation, but the bureau eventually determined he was not a security threat.
Martin even said the FBI considered turning Omar into an informant as well.
The June 2016 shooting in Orlando left 49 people dead and more than 50 wounded.
During a phone call to 911, Mateen pledged his allegiance to ISIS and said he was committing his act of terror on behalf of the group.
The news of Seddique being an FBI informant, disclosed Saturday to lawyers representing Salman, led to immediate calls for a mistrial by the defense.
“Seddique Mateen was a FBI confidential human source at various points in time between January 2005 and June 2016,” defense lawyers, in a court document filed Sunday, quoted Assistant United States Attorney Sara Sweeney as saying in a letter.
“The 31-year-old Salman is accused of obstruction of justice, as FBI agents say she lied to them in the hours after the Pulse nightclub attack, and charges of aiding and abetting Mateen’s allegiance to ISIS,” Fox News reported.
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