Interesting. Compare this story to Brendan Kiley's post (less than a day later) on the activist-slash-anarchist accused of vandalizing an ATM:
The alleged arsonist has not been charged with a crime, though images of a man who resembles him appear on surveillance footage. The Stranger names the man as a person of interest, says the cops are investigating him, and goes out of its way to find witnesses (on the record and off) who speak of his erratic behavior. The story does everything but flat-out say Musab Masmari did it.
Conversely, the man in the anarchist post (Brendan McCormack) was actually charged with a crime (a prosecutor filed the charge, even if the judge declined to press). Police filed and obtained a search warrant to further an affidavit of probable cause. An investigation took place that led to a court proceeding. That's a hell of a lot more legal process than the arsonist case, if you're keeping score.
Yet Kiley ties himself in knots to undercut the case, to say the evidence is weak, that McCormack is only accused, that surveillance footage isn't evidence, that vandalism isn't violence, and that KIRO was out of line for presuming McCormack did it.
The cognitive dissonance is a bit mind-blowing.