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APNewsBreak: Russia caught Tamerlan Tsarnaev on wiretap with his mother

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.


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Caught on Russian wiretap: Tsarnaev ‘vaguely discussed jihad’ with mother – US official


"The conversation mentioned Tamerlan’s possible trip to Palestine, which he declined as he did not speak Arabic, according to the experts who examined the information Moscow shared with Washington. No other details have been provided.

There was nothing in the conversation that suggested terrorist activity in the United States, officials said.

In the second intercepted call, the mother of the two suspects, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva conversed with an unnamed man in the Russian Caucasus who at the time was under FBI investigation in an unrelated case. Again, no other details were given.

Russian authorities, in the past week did turn over to the US authorities all the available information regarding the Tsarnaev family. The FSB has not yet commented on this latest development in a complicated, conspiracy surrounded story."

Mom talked 'jihad' with son in 2011

The call between Zubeidat Tsarnaev and 26-year-old Tamerlan was intercepted by Russian wiretaps, but the information was not shared with American authorities at the time, officials said. Another recording of the mother has her talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case.