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« Reply #50 on: May 04, 2013, 05:29:27 AM »


Jihadi told Russians about Tamerlan

 


Links to militants explored
 

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A slain Canadian jihadi gave Russian counter-terrorism agents the tip that put alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev on their radar two years ago, Bay State U.S. Rep. William R. Keating confirmed yesterday — raising questions about whether Tsarnaev’s direct link to the known militant was ever passed on to the FBI or local authorities.

Keating told the Herald yesterday his staff in Russia has learned William Plotnikov, while under interrogation in the militant hotbed of Dagestan, named Tsarnaev as a fellow extremist.

“That’s when the Russian government started looking at Tamerlan and he showed up on a jihadist website,” Keating (D-Bourne) said. “That’s when they contacted the U.S.”



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The interrogation prompted Russian authorities to ask the FBI to investigate Tsarnaev in 2011. It is unclear whether the Russians told the FBI that Tsarnaev was associated with Plotnikov or another suspected extremist, Mansur Mukhamed Nidal.

An FBI spokesman yesterday did not respond to the Herald’s request to view the Russian authorities’ plea for help.

Both Nidal and Plotnikov were killed in police raids last summer, and Tsarnaev fled back to the United States shortly thereafter.

The detail of the information from the Russians to the FBI — and whether the feds passed it on sufficiently to local authorities — is sure to come up next week on Capitol Hill, where the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on the bombings.

“I have no idea what the Russians did or did not share, but the fact they brought up his name should have been a flashing red light,” U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a member of the committee, told the Herald last night. “You combine that with international travel, and somebody’s going to have to answer some questions.

“The information is only good if it gets to those who can actually act on it,” he said. “I want to know specifically if they shared that information with the authorities in Boston.”

The link between Tsarnaev and Plotnikov implies that Tsarnaev may not have been totally self-radicalized, said Craig Albert, a Georgia Regents University professor who testified about radical Islamists in the Caucasus region at a Congressional committee hearing last week.

“You don’t go to Dagestan and just meet a jihadist,” Albert told the Herald yesterday. “If 
Tamerlan was able to go there and make contact with this individual, somebody else must have known about him as well, which implies a larger connection 
than we’re aware of.”

Another expert on Muslim extremists in the region, Georgetown University professor Christopher Swift, was more cautious about interpreting Plotnikov’s identification of Tsarnaev as a potential terrorist.

“This is a fishing expedition the Russians were on for possible radicals, rather than a hunting expedition for known militants,” he said. “If the Russians had any evidence that Plotnikov was involved with militant activity, they would have detained him rather than interrogating and releasing him.”

Meanwhile yesterday, federal agents with bomb-sniffing dogs searched several spots around Dartmouth — home to the University of Massachusetts campus where Tsarnaev’s younger brother and alleged accomplice, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, attended classes.

U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz confirmed the searches were related to the bombing investigation, but that none of the material agents were looking for posed a threat to the public.
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« Reply #51 on: May 04, 2013, 12:06:13 PM »

MASS. GOV: The FBI Has 'Chilling' Video That Puts The Boston Suspect Right At The Scene Of The Attacks
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NBCMassachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Sunday that the FBI has described "chilling" video that places 19-year-old Boston bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev right at the scene of the Boston Marathon explosions on Monday.
The video, Patrick said on NBC's "Meet the Press," shows Tsarnaev placing a backpack near the scene of the attacks and calmly walking away after the first explosion.

"It does seem to be pretty clear that this suspect took the backpack off, put it down, did not react when the first explosion went off, and then moved away from the backpack in time for the second explosion," Patrick said. "It's pretty clear about his involvement and pretty chilling, frankly, as it was described to me."
Dzhokar Tsarnaev was captured late Friday in Watertown, Mass. His brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was previously killed after a shootout with police. The FBI had released photos and video of the suspects on Thursday in an attempt to garner help from the public.

Patrick also confirmed that, following the attacks, Dzhokar Tsarnaev returned to relatively normal activity. Patrick said that on Wednesday, Tsarnaev was back on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Watch video of Patrick's "Meet the Press" appearance below: 


Where's the video of suspect dropping backpack ?

Governor "as it was DESCRIBED to me"  Roll Eyes

If there was a video every network would be running it on a loop.
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« Reply #52 on: May 04, 2013, 12:07:03 PM »

Where's the video of suspect dropping backpack ?

Governor "as it was DESCRIBED to me"  Roll Eyes

If there was a video every network would be running it on a loop.

Agreed - they should release it 
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