Boston Marathon 'Suspect' Sues Glenn Beck

Beck was convinced Abdulrahman Alharbi was behind attacks

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 1, 2014 8:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – Remember the Saudi Arabian student who was briefly questioned and quickly cleared in the Boston Marathon bombing? Well, Glenn Beck was really convinced that 20-year-old Abdulrahman Alharbi was behind the attacks, railing against Alharbi on multiple episodes of his show even after he'd been cleared; now Alharbi is suing Beck for defamation. Beck said, among other things:

  • "We know who this Saudi national is," Beck said, threatening to "expose" Alharbi if the US government didn't. "We know who this man is and, listen to me carefully, we know he is a very bad, bad, bad man."
  • "While the media continues to look at what the causes were [behind] these two guys [the Tsarnaev brothers], there are, at this hour, three people involved," Beck said, adding that Alharbi had been "tagged" by the government as a "proven terrorist."

  • "You know who the Saudi is? He’s the money man. He’s the guy who paid for it," Beck said, also claiming Alharbi was an al-Qaeda "control agent."
Beck has not responded to the suit, the Washington Post reports, and has been uncharacteristically quiet on Twitter since it was filed Friday. Alharbi is also suing the Blaze, Beck's network, Boston magazine reports.

This Nov. 20, 2011 file photo shows TV and radio commentator Glenn Beck at the 114th Anniversary Justice Louis Brandeis award Dinner given by the Zionist Organization of America in New York.
This Nov. 20, 2011 file photo shows TV and radio commentator Glenn Beck at the 114th Anniversary Justice Louis Brandeis award Dinner given by the Zionist Organization of America in New York.   (AP Photo/David Karp, File)
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