Lets say I was taken in by it.
Do you think it was staged by the author with look-alikes or just happenstance?
It it was real, I would expect the Ilhan-character to follow the Tim-character out of the frame.
If its fake, Id say thats the way to do it.
If happenstance, an interesting cooincidence that one would follow the other out of the frame.
The image matching data shows a very interesting correlation for the male, as does the height data. Inconclusive for the two women (allegedly Omar and her sister) since it is only slightly above 50/50.
See his reporting here with the caveat that Apelbaum appears to have extraordinary levels of image analysis ability, and access to information in some circumstances that suggest ties to governmental organizations. Those organizations, either foreign or domestic, seem involved in intelligence gathering operations.