Congress Reviews Still-Secret Report On Marathon Bombing Intel Failures

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Did Russia not share enough intelligence with the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the elder Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, or did the FBI fail to connect the dots with information they’d been given about him by the Russians before the bombing?

Today, members of Congress are reviewing the Obama administration’s main intelligence report on the Boston Marathon bombing. In its reporting, the New York Times concludes that Russia declined to provide the FBI with information from an intercepted telephone conversation Tsarnaev had with his mother in which they discussed Islamic jihad.

But in its reporting today, the Boston Globe says the FBI overlooked a key piece of information: that Tsarnaev changed his name before the bombing and Russia had warned the FBI that he might do that as he became more radical.

WBUR senior reporter David Boeri joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss the new information.


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