Less than two hours after the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon, CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen was already speculating that “right-wing extremists” could be behind the attack. He told CNN anchor Jake Tapper:
I’m reminded of Oklahoma City, which was a bombing, which was initially treated as a gas explosion. First reports are often erroneous.
Then Bergen went on to offer up this “first” report:
Once the device — if it is a device — is found; what kind of explosives were used. So for instance, if it was hydrogen peroxide, this is a signature of al Qaeda. If it was more conventional explosives, which are much harder to get hold of now — that might be some other kind of right-wing extremist. … We’ve also seen, for instance, right-wing groups trying to attack the Martin Luther King parade in Oregon in 2010.
So Bergen starts off with comparing what happened at the Boston Marathon to Oklahoma City and then suggests right-wing extremism, even though — like the rest of us — he knows nothing.
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NOTE: There has been speculation on Twitter that CNN’s Wolf Blitzer said something similar. I have found nothing that indicates that is true.
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