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Thursday, April 18, 2013
WND Promotes Discredited Assertion That Boston Bombing Suspect Is Being Deported
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joe Kovacs wrote in an April 17 WorldNetDaily article:

An expert on terrorism says the Saudi national who was the original “person of interest” in connection with Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing is going to be deported from the U.S. next week.

The foreign student from Revere, Mass., is identified as 20-year-old Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi.

“I just learned from my own sources that he is now going to be deported on national security grounds next Tuesday, which is very unusual,” Steve Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism told Sean Hannity of Fox News Wednesday night.

Just one problem: None of that is true.

As CNN's Jake Tapper reported, the Saudi national questioned by authorities  is not a suspect and is not being deported. A second Saudi national from the Boston area is in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody for being in violation of his visa, but he has no connection to the bombing.

Kovacs also uncritically repeats Aaron Klein's sleazy implication that Alharbi is a terrorist because he shares the same last name as "a major Saudi clan that includes scores of al-Qaida operatives." Kovacs doesn't even bother with any disclaimer that he has no evidence to prove that Alharbi is, in fact, a member of that clan.

Sounds like the basis for a libel lawsuit against WND by Alharbi is contining to grow. That's not the position WND wants to be in, but as its birther debacle proves, it's incapable of stopping digging activities when finding itself in a hole.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:13 PM EDT

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