The Orlando Nightclub Shooter’s father was an FBI informant?
This new revelation may lead to the case against the shooter’s wife, Noor Salman, being thrown out. Noor is currently at trial for reportedly knowing about the attack and possibly aiding in a cover-up.
FBI Special Agent Juvenal Martin, who was on the stand in the terrorism trial of Noor Salman, [The Orlando nightclub shooter] Omar Mateen’s wife, said Omar’s father, Seddique, had called him while his son was being investigated for the comments in 2006, a decade before the Pulse attack, and was upset.
Martin said the FBI interviewed Omar two other times as part of that investigation, but eventually determined he wasn’t a security threat. The bureau even considered turning Omar into a confidential informant himself, according to Martin’s testimony.
Mateen, during the June 2016 shooting that left 49 dead at the gay nightclub, claimed allegiance to ISIS.
In interviews with Martin, Seddique also said there was a distant family connection on his wife’s side to the Fort Hood shooter, but Martin told the court Monday the claim could not be corroborated.
The news of Seddique being an FBI informant, disclosed Saturday to lawyers representing Salman, led to immediate calls by the defense for a mistrial.
“Seddique Mateen was a FBI confidential human source at various points in time between January 2005 and June 2016,” the defense lawyers, in a court document filed Sunday, quoted Assistant United States Attorney Sara Sweeney as saying in a letter.
Sweeney’s letter said, during a search of Seddique Mateen’s home in June 2016, investigators found receipts for money transfers to Turkey and Afghanistan in the months leading up to the horrific attack at the Orlando gay nightclub, which left 49 people dead.
“As a result of the discovery of these receipts, an FBI investigation into Seddique Mateen was opened,” the letter reportedly said. “S. Mateen has not been informed by the FBI about the investigation.”