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Right won’t let go of Saudi conspiracy theory

As the world turned its attention to the manhunt in Boston last night and the two brothers now suspected in this week's bombings, some on the right are still stuck on that Saudi national whom the New York post initially fingered as a suspect (when they also reported that 12 people were killed in the attack). According to Boston Marathon bombing conspiracy theory B (conspiracy theory A being Alex Jones' "false flag" notion), the U.S. government planned to quietly deport the Saudi in a kind of coverup of the administration's incompetence and a paean to the Saudi Royal Family.

Terrorism "expert" Steve Emerson, who seems to have an awful lot of gaps in his knowledge of terrorism for an "expert," first created the narrative on Sean Hannity's show Wednesday night, and soon Hannity, Glenn Beck, Pamela Geller and even a Republican congressman took it and ran with it. Officials categorically denied the claims yesterday, saying proponents of the rumor were confusing the Saudi questioned after the marathon with a different Saudi national who was being deported on an unrelated matter, and that the first Saudi was never a suspect in the bombing.

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