The FBI reversed direction Monday and released the full transcript of the 911 call Orlando massacre shooter Omar Mateen made while in the midst of shooting-up the Pulse nightclub.
Just hours after FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ron Hopper had said he didn’t want to “give credence to to individuals who have done terrorist acts in the past,” the feds did an about face at about 3 p.m. ET and released the unredacted text.
In it, both Mateen and the ISIS leader to whom he pledged allegiance, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, are named.
“Unfortunately, the unreleased portions of the transcript that named the terrorist organizations and leaders have caused an unnecessary distraction from the hard work that the FBI and our law enforcement partners have been doing to investigate this heinous crime,” the statement read.
“As much of this information had been previously reported, we have re-issued the complete transcript to include these references in order to provide the highest level of transparency possible under the circumstances.”
The change of heart came after House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and other critics of the Obama Administration called the FBI’s decision to redact the transcript of Mateen’s call to the dispatchers “preposterous.” NBCNews