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No Evidence Orlando Killer Was Gay

27 June 2016

Over in the USA FBI investigators have not yet found persuasive evidence that Orlando gunman Omar Mateen was gay or pursuing gay relationships, according to two government officials familiar with the investigation.

The FBI began looking into that possibility after media reports last week quoted men as saying that Omar Mateen had reached out to them on gay dating apps and had frequented the gay nightclub where the June 12 massacre took place. One man claimed to be Mateen's gay lover in an interview with Univision that aired this week, while another recalled Mateen as a regular at the Pulse club who tried to pick up men.

But the officials say the FBI, which has conducted 500 interviews, has recovered Mateen's phone and is reviewing evidence from it, has not found concrete evidence to corroborate such accounts nearly two weeks into the investigation. They also cautioned that the investigation is ongoing and that nothing has formally been ruled out.

The officials were not authorised to discuss an ongoing investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Law enforcement officials have said there is no doubt that Mateen was radicalised at some point before the Pulse nightclub attack, though there is no evidence that he was directed by any foreign terror groups.

In calls with the police after the shooting began, he pledged his allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State, declared himself to be an Islamic soldier and demanded that the United States stop bombing Syria and Iraq, the FBI said.

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