Be sure to see the important update at the bottom of this story. TheBlaze’s Jonathon M. Seidl contributed to this report.
Was Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, the much-discussed Saudi national once identified as a “person of interest” in the Boston Marathon bombings, at the White House for a 4th of July celebration for military heros and their families?
Apparent pictures posted on the Internet and a Saudi news outlet say yes.
A Twitter feed appears to show photos of the young man posing before the edifice – decorated with red, white, and blue banners to celebrate the holiday – in addition to close-up photos of the first couple.
They come from the Twitter account of an individual claiming to be Alharbi’s father, though that information has not been confirmed.
According to a professional translation of the account’s information, however, the given name is “‘Ali Al-Salimi Al-Harbi,” and the description reads: “Father of Abd Al-Rahman who was injured in the Boston bombings.”
The caption in the above photo, translated, reads: “We attended the celebration with my son Abd Al-Rahman and my son Issa.”
Another photo appears to show Barack and Michelle Obama greeting either someone in their group, or someone very close by.
The translated caption claims: “We greeted Obama and his wife…”
The images of Barack and Michelle Obama seem consistent with others from the day, in terms and appearance, though that doesn’t necessarily mean they are genuine.
Below is a picture from the news service Getty showing the same outfits:
Not only that, but a Reuters photo appears to show three men dressed in black suitsphotographing the band roughly in line with where the Saudi family’s Twitter pictures place them. Their surroundings — down to the outfits of the individuals they’re standing next to — appear to align in both the Twitter and Reuters images, as well.
First, a photo from the Twitter account: