Russian authorities withheld information on Boston attack, report says

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 at 7:30 am

The Russian government declined to provide American authorities with information about one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects two years before the attack, which likely would have led to more extensive scrutiny of the suspect, according to a published report.

The New York Times, citing an inspector general’s review of how American intelligence and law enforcement agencies could have prevented the deadly bombing last April that claimed three lives and wounded hundreds, reported that Russian authorities told the FBI in 2011 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev “was a follower of radical Islam.”

But after an initial investigation by FBI agents in Boston, the Russians declined several bureau requests for additional information they had about Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police days after the attack.

The new report found that the Russians shared the additional intelligence — which included a telephone conversation intercepted by Russian officials between Tsarnaev and his mother in which they discussed Islamic jihad — only after the bombing, the Times reported.

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