The two men suing the New York Post for their accusatory Boston Marathon "Bag Men" story are still fighting hard to clear their names, but the Post won't budge an inch, arguing their cover was justified because of this one e-mail from a government official.
In the immediate wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, people were pouring over televised footage and public photos of the race to find any evidence that could lead investigators to the men who attacked a great American city's greatest tradition. You might remember Reddit's well-intentioned, but misguided efforts in this arena.
But it was the New York Post who put two men on their front page, slapped on a snappy headline calling them "Bag Men," and said that federal authorities were looking for them. The two guys on the Post's cover were not the Tsarnaev brothers, who would eventually kill again while leading Massachusetts police on a city-wide manhunt. When police finally did identify the Tsarnaev brothers publicly, they did so in an attempt to counteract the Post and Reddit's errant amateur sleuthing.
The two men on this Post cover are Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi, 16- and 24-years-old respectively, who attended the marathon as spectators. They left long before the bombs went off. Now, they're in the middle of a lawsuit against the Post for the undue attention and harassment the cover brought them, and the Washington Post's Eric Wemple has some juicy details about how that fight is going.