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Russia omitted details on Boston Marathon bombing suspect

By Eric M. Johnson

(Reuters) - Russia declined several FBI requests for more information on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years before the deadly 2013 attack, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing an unpublished U.S. government review.

The information, including a telephone call in which Tsarnaev and his mother discussed Islamic jihad, would probably have prompted harsher scrutiny of the suspect, the paper said.

"They found that the Russians did not provide all the information that they had on him back then, and based on everything that was available, the FBI did all that it could," a senior U.S. official familiar with the review said, according to the paper.

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Two Chechen brothers, Tamerlan and his younger brother Dzhokhar, are suspected of planting pressure-cooker bombs near the race's finish line last April 15 in an attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

Tamerlan died after a gunfight with police while the younger

brother is awaiting trial on charges that could lead to the death penalty if he is convicted.

The new report, authored by the inspector general of the Office of Intelligence Community, has not been made public, though U.S. lawmakers are to be briefed on it on Thursday, the Times said.

This latest review comes after a March congressional report outlined what it called "missed opportunities" that could have prevented the attack.

That March report investigated the U.S. probe of Tamerlan Tsarnaev after a 2011 warning to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by Russian authorities that he had become radicalized and might return to Russia to join extremist groups there.

After the Russian warning, a task force of federal, state and local authorities launched an investigation that included checks of government databases and interviews with Tsarnaev and his parents. It found no evidence of terrorist activity.

But after an initial FBI probe in Boston, Russian officials refused several requests for additional information they had on Tsarnaev, although, at the time, U.S. law enforcement officials viewed him as a greater threat to Russia, the Times reported.

The new report found that Russians shared intelligence with the FBI only after the bombing attack, such as the telephone conversation about Islamic jihad.

"Had they known what the Russians knew they probably would have been able to do more under our investigative guidelines, but would they have uncovered the plot? That's very hard to say," the Times reported a senior U.S. official as saying.

Boston-area FBI agents who investigated the Russian intelligence in 2011 could have conducted more interviews and should take steps to better share information with local and state agencies, the report says, according to the Times.

(Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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Chris April 10 2014 at 10:43 AM

You News people said before that the Russians tried to tell the FBI and the FBI wouldn't listen. Now you tell us this? You're WORTHLESS. Actually worse than worthless, you're dangerous with your falsehoods and lies.

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jjulinpainting April 10 2014 at 2:21 PM

kill the bastard. at this point who cares who knew what. we all know what he did.

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harry jjulinpainting April 10 2014 at 8:02 PM

He's already dead

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vladswim April 10 2014 at 10:43 AM

Remember American people. Just because your government hates Russia doesn't mean you have to.

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mamaava April 10 2014 at 10:43 AM

Aw, would da could da....Russia GAVE us information...heads up...what, we expected THEM to complete the investigation and arrest for us?? This is just back pedaling..I have NO love for Putin, but, this looks soooo lame on WHOEVER is pushing this line forward..it looks like a mia culpa that someone is not wanting to admit and dancing around and excusing lousy investigating.

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Welcome Sarge! April 10 2014 at 10:43 AM

Homeland Security failed to act on what they did have, so in the words of Hillary Clinton, "What difference does it make?"

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ttoozz April 10 2014 at 2:19 PM

The only plots the FBI seems to be able to thwaert are the one's they hatch themselves and entice goof-balls into going along with. They are a laughing stock of self promoting bozos. ...and yeah I'm fully aware this comment will cause them to open a file. CHUCKLEHEADS!

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themoogl April 10 2014 at 2:12 PM

If NSA concentrated on terrorists and who they communicate with they would have a data base that would be useful instead of a data base that is too large to be of use.

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lov2elkhnt April 10 2014 at 10:45 AM

Well Boris, looks like we owe ya.

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abudotcom April 10 2014 at 2:01 PM

Let me guess, it's Bush's fault ! Right?

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matilda524 abudotcom April 10 2014 at 2:14 PM

What are dead kids and blown off limbs as long as you can twist it into a stupid political statement?

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gigi1105 April 10 2014 at 10:47 AM

i was waiting to hear the spin on the f.b.i.'s blunder......but this is even a better spin than i could have imagined!!!! why is this administration so secretive??? they make the cold war look like a child's game!!! damn dangerous people in d.c.!!!! wake up america!!!!

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