Irresponsible reports by the New York Post notwithstanding, the Saudi Arabian national has been cleared of any involvement in the bombings and there are no other suspects. The trail has apparently gone cold.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper briefed members of the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors in a pre-scheduled hearing that was supposed to focus on the budget, but Clapper began with an update of the bombings.
Ranking Republican Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) emerged from the briefing and said he was told the 22-year old Saudi student who was injured during the bombings and remains in the care of a local hospital was no longer a focus of investigators.
“He was never categorized as a suspect; he was a person of interest. My understanding is that he totally cooperated and that he is no longer a person of interest,” Chambliss said.
Asked if there were any other persons of interest at this time, Chambliss said, “Not that I know of.”
Meanwhile the third victim of the bombing has been identified as Lingzi Lu, a Chinese national. Lingzi was a graduate student at Boston University studying mathematics and statistics. The two other victims are Martin Richard, 8, and Krystle Campbell, 29, both from Massachusetts. The current estimate of people injured is 170.
The explosive device has been identified as an improvised pressure cooker bomb. A common cooking product used all over the country and world filled with a flammable liquid and packed with pieces of metal. Despite the ubiquity of pressure cookers the corporate media has spent the last day, with the help of so-called experts, highlighting that Al-Qaeda also used these types of bombs. Not to jump to conclusions or anything.
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