Tashfeen Malik Eyed as Possible Mastermind of San Bernardino Shooting
As President Obama prepares to address the nation this evening about the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, investigators are still trying to get a clearer picture of what drove Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, who allegedly carried out the rampage.The White House said Obama would address the nation in prime time today, making just the third speech from the Oval Office in the nearly seven years of his presidency.The rampage Wednesday, in which 14 people were killed and 21 others were injured, is now a federalterrorisminvestigation, with officials saying that Farook and Malik appear to have been inspired by ISIS, butFBIDirectorJames Comeysaid there is no indication the two are part of an organized larger group, cell or network.
Still, federal authorities told ABC News they are investigating whether Farook may have left behind social media connections with one of the most active and significant ISIS recruiters, an American from Minneapolis now an FBI fugitive living overseas by the name of Mohamed Hasan who uses the on-line handle Miski.Earlier this year Miski was in direct contact with the two terrorists who attacked a Mohammed cartoon contest in Garland, Texas. He tweeted to his American followers then that others should take up arms.Authorities say they increasingly believe that 29-year-old Tashfeen Malik, not her husband, was the mastermind and instigator of the attack. U.S. investigators in Pakistan are now giving her background close scrutiny.Sources told ABC News that Malik, using an alias on social media, allegedly pledged her allegiance toAbu Bakral-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS.Malik, who is from Pakistan but had lived in Saudi Arabia, came to the U.S. last summer on a "fiancée" visa and later obtained a Green Card, U.S. officials have said. Malik married Farook, an American of Pakistani descent, in August 2014 and the couple had a baby daughter six months ago.