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Pictures of Michelle Obama Visiting Saudi National in Hospital Fuel Conspiracy Theories

| by Michael Allen
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Pictures of what appears to be Michelle Obama visiting Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a Saudi national called a “person of interest” by the FBI during the initial investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings, were recently posted on the right wing website FreeRepublic.com.

According to Glenn Beck's TheBlaze.com, the pictures (below) may have originally been posted on a Facebook page called “EC Boston Saudi’s,” which may refer to an English language school or students.

Alharbi was a victim of the Boston bombing and dropped as a "person of interest" in less than 24 hours by authorities.

However, many right wing conspiracy theorists, including Glenn Beck, claim that Alharbi was somehow involved with the bombing, the Tsarnaev brothers and an Obama administration cover-up.

TheBlaze.com reports that the original caption to the photos in Arabic read: " “اخونا عبدالرحمن الحربي مع ميشيل أُباما واصاحبة,” which translates to "Brother Abdul Rahman Alharbi with Michelle [untranslatable] and Asahabh.”

“The First Lady visited with patients, their families and hospital staff at Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital,” the White House emailed TheBlaze.com, in response to the pictures.

Last Tuesday, President Obama and Michelle Obama visited bombing victims several Boston-area hospitals, reported CBS Boston, but the media were not allowed. However, pictures taken inside the hospital have surfaced.

Sources: TheBlaze.com, CBS Boston, FreeRepublic.com