Seddique Mateen, the father of Omar Mateen, who attacked a gay night club in Orlando before he is shot dead by the police, reaches up to grab a photographer’s lens in his home in Port Saint Lucie, Florida.
Hours after his son killed 49 people in a nightclub, Orlando, watery eyes Seddique Mateen stood in front of an audience with cameras to express shock in his son’s actions, ” says the 29-year-old “went against my principles as a father and a U.S. citizen.”
The father arranged several interviews with the media in the days after the attack, welcoming cameras into his home to talk about his son’s actions. He has even weighed in on his own Facebook page.
“I don’t know what the cause of this,” he said in a video posted on the 13th of June. “I did not know and did not understand that he was wrath in his heart. My son…was a good boy, a well-educated boy, who had a child and a woman, very respectful of his parents.”
But Mateen wife, Noor Salman, painted a very different picture, claiming she was in an abusive marriage, and constantly feared for her life.
Seddique told NBC News in a June 13, 2016 interview that his son angry after seeing two men kissing in Miami, which suggests that may have helped lead to the attack.
“We were in the Centre of Miami, Bayside, the people were playing music. And he saw two men kissing each other in front of his wife and child and he was very angry,” he told the news outlet. “They were kissing each other and touching each other and he said,” Look at that. In the presence of my son, they do that.'”
Soon, the shooter’s father found himself in the spotlight. Here are three things that the public learned about Seddique after the deadly attack that raised eyebrows.
He was allegedly an FBI informant
Seddique was an FBI informant for 11 years before the attack, lawyers for his widow, said during her interview on March 26.
Salman has been accused of obstruction of justice, as FBI agents say that they lied to them in the hours after the Pulse of the nightclub of the attack, and the costs of complicity Mateen’s allegiance to ISIS.
“I just received authorization to disclose the following information about Seddique Mateen,” the Attorney of the V. S. Sara Sweeney said in an e-mail. “Seddique Mateen was an FBI confidential human source at different points in time between January 2005 and June 2016.”
They said prosecutors also told in an e-mail that the government evidence was found on the day of the attack that Seddique was sending money to Afghanistan and Turkey, and that he had been accused of raising money for the funding of violence against the government of Pakistan.
He hosted a political talk show
Seddique started with a religious non-profit in 2010 Durand Jirga, Inc., a reference to the Durand line — the disputed international border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Former Durand Jirga board member Qasim Tarin said Seddique had a tv show called the “Durand Jirga Show” in which they discussed the problems of Afghanistan.
Some of the shows that are posted on YouTube, garnering thousands of views. Seddique told Time magazine in June 2016, he had 20 million subscribers in Afghanistan.
During an episode, a sign in the background read, “Long live the U. S. A! Long live Afghanistan. … The afghans are the best of friends to the U. S. A.”
The show expressed support for the Taliban had an anti-Pakistan slant, complaining about foreigners in Afghanistan and criticized the AMERICAN actions there, a former Afghan official told The Associated Press in 2016.
Seddique praised current Afghan President Ashraf Ghani when he appeared on the show in January 2014. However, since then he has denounced the Ghani government, according to the official.
He told Time in 2016 that he is the “president of the provisional government of Afghanistan,” and even posted a picture on Facebook — which has since been deleted — of what appears to be a campaign t-shirt with a printed photo of themselves with a suit and tie.
“My followers sent it to me and said: ‘do not do that, we want this picture of you,'” he said in the magazine. “That shows our popularity.”
He attended a Clinton rally months after the massacre
Two months after the attack, Seddique was spotted in the stands to cheer for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and waving an American flag on an Orlando-area rally, where they pay tribute to the Wrist of the victims.
Seddique the presence of — right behind Clinton — was first noted by WPTV in Florida. The TV station later interviewed Mateen, who to a large, yellow pro-Clinton banner calls her “good for national security” and “gun control laws.”
“The rally was a 3,000-person, open-door event for the public,” a campaign official told Fox News. “This person was not invited as a guest, and the campaign was unaware of his presence until after the event.”
Seddique snapped photos at the event and told WPTV he received a chain mail invite to the Clinton rally, “It is a Democratic y, so everyone can join in.”
At the time, Seddiquq called Clinton “good for [the] United States vs. Donald Trump.” If his son’s actions, he said that he wished his son had joined the Army and fought ISIS.
“That would be much better,” he told the news station.
Fox News’ Greg Norman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.