Hmm. From the Jerusalem Post, with thanks to Ruth King:
The FBI is investigating the mysterious death of a young American Jewish terrorism expert who worked at a think tank where research into Islamic extremism has drawn death threats, family and friends said.
Jason Korsower, 29, died in his sleep in his Washington apartment on Friday, November 26, after returning from Thanksgiving celebrations with his family in his native Atlanta.
For his 29 years, Korsower had lived a full life, thriving in a Jewish youth group, serving in the Israeli army in a crack infantry unit, studying religion and most recently plunging into terrorism research in Washington. He was also about to start law school.
Korsower’s family and friends told JTA that FBI agents had gathered information about the death, but they know little else.
An FBI agent in Atlanta, Steve Lazarus, refused to confirm or deny an investigation, citing FBI policy. However, an FBI spokeswoman in Washington, Debra Weierman, had referred JTA to the FBI’s Atlanta bureau, even though JTA had not mentioned Korsower’s hometown in its request for information.
Sources also made clear that the FBI is asking questions, and without relating specifically to Korsower’s death, Lazarus said that agents would only ask questions about a death if a full investigation were underway.
Officials at the Investigative Project, where Korsower worked, also would not comment.
The Investigative Project is run by Steve Emerson, whose predictions of a major Islamist attack in the 1990s enhanced his credibility as a terrorism expert after the attacks of September 11, 2001. After the attacks, the number of death threats against him and his organization ratcheted up — and drove his organization semi-underground.
The death of Korsower, who was athletic and believed to be in good health, continued to mystify his family, who is wracked with grief. An autopsy was inconclusive.