We may not have to look far to find out who radicalized
Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother...
— Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in
2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad
with his mother, officials said Saturday, days after the U.S.
government finally received details about the call.
In another conversation, the mother of now-dead bombing suspect
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who
is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, officials said.
The conversations are significant because, had they been revealed
earlier, they might have been enough evidence for the FBI to initiate a
more thorough investigation of the Tsarnaev family.
As it was, Russian authorities told the FBI only that they had
concerns that Tamerlan and his mother were religious extremists. With no
additional information, the FBI conducted a limited inquiry and closed
the case in June 2011.
Two years later, authorities say Tamerlan and his brother, Dzhohkar,
detonated two homemade bombs near the finish line of the Boston
Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 260. Tamerlan was killed
in a police shootout and Dzhohkar is under arrest.
In the past week, Russian authorities turned over to the United
States information it had on Tamerlan and his mother, Zubeidat
Tsarnaeva. The Tsarnaevs are ethnic Chechens who emigrated from southern
Russia to the Boston area over the past 11 years.
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