Russia Finally Reveals Why Tamerlan Worried Them
New information could have prompted further FBI investigation: AP
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 28, 2013 8:17 AM CDT
This Monday, April 15, 2013 photo shows bombing suspects Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, center right in black hat, and his brother, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, center left in white hat.   (AP Photo/Bob Leonard)

(Newser) – Russian officials have finally revealed what fueled mounting concerns about Tamerlan Tsarnaev: After they wiretapped his phone, they caught him talking about jihad with his mother in 2011. In another recorded conversation, mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva spoke to a person in southern Russia who is the subject of a separate FBI inquiry, the AP reports. But Russian officials didn't tell the FBI about the conversations until after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Had federal investigators known about the evidence, they might have had grounds for a further probe, the AP notes. "Would we have gone farther?” a US official asks, per the New York Times. “Maybe, maybe not.” Though jihad was mentioned, the calls didn't refer to any set plot, the Times notes. Meanwhile, details of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's imprisonment are emerging: He's in a cell with a solid steel door containing an observation window and a food and medication slot, an official says.

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lvan
Apr 30, 2013 1:26 AM CDT
Sleek way to install missile defense in Poland. Yeah you can have that pawn, your queen is wide open.
thenet95
Apr 29, 2013 9:55 AM CDT
Save trouble and have safe place. Lets deport all Muslims, communist, Iraqi out of the states. Go back to there country. Also never trust Russia or communist people. That includes you president failure Muslim odumbo.
Libris_Fidelis
Apr 29, 2013 9:13 AM CDT
This whole thing is really getting tangled into a knot of intrigues. That Russian and USA'ian mistrust and distrust for each other is so prevalent is my main concern. The Russian placement of John Yoo in their arrest-on-sight list in the face of all of our US lies and atrocities with the Iraq-Afghanistan wars has - in my mind - really turned the Russians away from any cooperation with our criminal/intelligence systems. Our USA's utter dishonesty in promoting Israel over the Palestinians makes the Russian's own problems in dealing with the threats of looming Islam be all the more problematic in how contradictory this all seems. And although there is much more information to this in what I am saying, I will leave my comment as-is for the moment.