AP reports that Cpl. Hassoun is back in U.S. custody:
A U.S. Marine who was reported missing in Iraq more than two weeks ago is alive and at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, where American officials are meeting with him, authorities said Thursday.
NBC reported the Navy was investigating whether his disappearance may be part of a kidnapping hoax. A Marine spokesman confirmed the Navy investigation remains open.
“I don’t think they’re ruling that out. It would be fair to say they’re not ruling that out,” Maj. Nat Fahy said earlier Thursday.
A spokesman for the Bahrain-based U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet said the “matter is under investigation by Naval Criminal Investigative Service” and referred further questions to the service in Washington. A call to the service seeking comment was not immediately returned.
This ought to be interesting. If this guy pulled some kind of stunt or hoax, just imagine the circus that would develop. I’d bet my eyeteeth that five minutes after any negative results crop up in the NCIS investigation, the Council on American Islamic Relations will rush to Hassoun’s aid against “Muslim-bashing right-wing extremists.”