A photo of an apparent ISIS supporter posing in front of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art last Christmas was altered after being taken from an Italian tourist’s social media posting, law enforcement officials said Thursday.
FBI agents tracked the actual person seen in the photo to his native Italy and interviewed him. Officials said he was innocent and did in fact take that picture and post it on social media. But someone else later superimposed the ISIS symbols onto his scarf in an attempt to make an online terror threat to New York.
Investigators had said they believed the ISIS supporter who altered the holiday season photo was based in Turkey.