Officials across multiple federal agencies failed to take steps to investigate warning signs they had received since 2011 about Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the intelligence agencies’ inspectors general report revealed Thursday.
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The findings, released in an unclassified summary of the classified report, highlighted instances where information sharing among 17 federal agencies may have been required in Tsarnaev’s case and where the FBI could have been more vigilant in its investigation of him before the 2013 attack, which killed three and injured over 200.
It cautioned it is impossible to know whether increased measures would have yielded information that could have prevented the attack, and found for the most part the agencies followed procedure appropriately.
One example cited is that the FBI Legal Attaché in Moscow did not coordinate with the CIA after it received information about Tsarnaev from the Russian government in March 2011. Russia informed the FBI that Tsarnaev and his mother Zubeidat practiced radical Islam and that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was planning to travel to Russia to join “bandit underground groups” in Dagestan and Chechnya.