Orlando Shooter’s Father Was an FBI Informant Until the Shooting!

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

Not only was Seddique Mateen an FBI informant as late as June 2016, but he is now under FBI investigation.

The defense attorneys for Noor Salman, the Pulse nightclub shooter’s wife, were given information by the prosecution, now that the trial is almost over, that Omar Mateen’s father is under FBI investigation for what looks like crimes related to Islamic terrorism. Also, Seddique Mateen was an FBI informant for over a decade, until some time in June 2016. Omar carried out the mass murder on June 12, 2016!

The Orlando Sentinel reports, “Noor Salman trial: Pulse gunman’s father revealed as FBI informant, but judge won’t dismiss case.

Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen’s father, Seddique Mateen, was an FBI informant for more than a decade before the 2016 mass shooting and is facing a criminal investigation in connection with money transfers to Turkey and Afghanistan, it was disclosed Monday during the trial of Mateen’s widow.

FBI Special Agent Juvenal Martin also testified that he considered developing Omar Mateen as an informant after closing an investigation into comments Mateen made at work in 2013 about belonging to terrorist organizations.

Defense lawyers for Noor Salman argued the case against her should be thrown out or declared a mistrial, but U.S. District Judge Paul Byron rejected that request.

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According to a motion filed by Salman’s lawyers, the defense team learned about Seddique Mateen’s work for the FBI on Saturday, in an email from prosecutor Sara Sweeney. She said the elder Mateen had been an FBI source “at various points” between January 2005 and June 2016. Seddique Mateen was on the prosecutors’ witness list, but they rested their case last week without calling him to testify.

Sweeney also disclosed that FBI agents investigating the shooting found receipts for money transfers to Turkey and Afghanistan between March 16, 2016, and June 5, 2016. On June 10, Omar Mateen searched for cheap tickets to Istanbul.

Omar Mateen opened fire inside Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016, killing 49 people.

Salman’s defense lawyers suggested his father’s sending money to Turkey and Afghanistan indicates Omar Mateen might have planned to travel to one of the countries to join a terrorist organization.

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“It is apparent from the Government’s belated disclosure that Ms. Salman has been defending a case without a complete set of facts and evidence that the Government was required to disclose,” Scheller wrote in the court filing.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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