A good deal of attention has rightly been directed to Noor Salman, the wife of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen.
We know she’s scoped out locations with Mateen on multiple occasions, and attempted to defend herself by assuring us she’d tried to talk him out of the attacks. Perhaps she didn’t realize she’d just confessed to withholding information from authorities that would’ve saved 49 lives.
She may face charges – and she seems pretty certain of that, because she’s completely disappeared, and since been added to the no-fly list. As for her whereabouts, as Gabrien reports:
Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted today that the FBI is unaware of the whereabouts of Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman.
Salman has indicated she suspected Mateen was about to commit a terrorist attack, and even accompanied him to buy the weaponry he used to carry out the massacre. She insists, however, that as he left she tried to hold onto his arm so he wouldn’t leave.If the FBI believes she was aware of the impending attack, she could be prosecuted. “Has the shooter’s wife left the state of Florida?” a reporter asked Lynch during her press conference Tuesday.
“Right now, I don’t know exactly the answer to that,” Lynch candidly replied. “I believe she was going to travel but I do not know exactly her location now.”
Yeah – when you have a potential criminal at large it’s a pretty good idea to keep tabs on where they’re traveling. I guess everyone was too busy politicizing the tragedy to keep track of that.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]