Crowdsourcing at work? Photo seems to show bombing suspect leaving marathon blast site; Updates

Crowdsourcing is at work in the Boston Marathon bombing case and quickly making progress. Following the FBI’s release this afternoon of pictures of the two bombing suspects, the public is scouring photos and videos from the scene and has tracked down “Suspect 2″ apparently leaving the scene of the blast.

Soon after tweeting that photo, CNN’s Jake Tapper added a caveat — probably not such a bad idea considering CNN’s performance this week.

As Twitchy reported, ghouls had  set up fake Boston Marathon fundraising accounts just an hour after the explosion and began circulating bogus photos of the child killed in the blast soon after that.

Tapper’s having second thoughts.

So, it’s fake after all?

If someone’s faking photos of the suspect, that’s just sick. Still, it’s encouraging to see so many people coming together to do what they can.

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Update: That backward cap is turning out to be not so difficult to spot. Sadly, 8-year-old Martin Richard is also clearly visible.

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Update:

New York Times reporter Ravi Somaiya spoke to the photographer, David Green. Green told Somaiya the photo is legit:

In an interview late Thursday, Mr. Green, who runs a sportswear company in Florida, confirmed that the picture was genuine, and that the F.B.I. had contacted him and requested a copy. “I have spoken to several agents,” Mr. Green said, “and they have got the photos, they are picking up material from me, and I don’t think there’s any doubt.”

Agents had told him, he said, that his picture was the best they had, because it was taken from a better camera than the others that were posted.

Here’s a note Green posted on his Facebook page:

I have been feeling down since the Boston Marathon bombing because I couldn’t do anything to help the injured victims…until now. Thanks to my friend Jason who pointed out to me that the photo I took right after the second bomb and posted on FB has suspect #2 in the left hand corner of the photo. White baseball cap turned backwards, black sweatshirt, NO BACKPACK right after the bomb went off. Compare to the ones posted by CNN, it is unmistakable. I spoke to the FBI and it is may be the best photo they have at current time!!! One step closer to taking these @!#?#’s down…share as much as you can so that if someone knows this person they can turn them in.

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