On a mid-April day last year, conservative commentaor Glenn Beck was in a full lather, says the Washington Post. Less than one week had passed since a pair of bombs had exploded at the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring hundreds more. The FBI had identified the Tsarnaev brothers as primary suspects behind the attack. To Beck, this wasn't enough. In attendance had been a Saudi Arabian student named Abdulrahman Alharbi. He'd been injured at the marathon, later questioned by police, and ultimately cleared of wrongdoing.
Beck urged the U.S. government to release information on Alharbi or Beck would “expose” him. “Let me send this message very clear,” said Beck. “We know who this Saudi national is. … We know who this man is and, listen to me carefully, we know he is a very bad, bad, bad man.” The broadcaster eventually called Alharbi an al Qaeda “control agent” and the “money man” behind the attacks. The “money man” has filed a defamation suit against Beck, who has made a career out of conspiratorial musings.