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Russia Claims to Have Wiretapped Boston Bomber Talking With Mother About 'Jihad'

7:01 AM, Apr 29, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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NBC reports that Russia is telling American authorities that it overheard a wiretapped conversation between the suspected Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother about jihad: 

The conversation, NBC reports, occurred in 2011 and apparently is not directly connected to the Boston bombing. The Russians had the wiretap on Tsarnaev.

"The conversation, which the Russians have said was captured electronically via a wiretap, was not presented to U.S. authorities until after the April 15 bombing that killed three people and injured 264 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, according to the source," reports NBC.

"Tamerlan Tsarnaev also mentioned the possibility of a trip to Palestine during the conversation, the source said.

"The phone call does not indicate there was clear intelligence that the now-deceased 26-year-old was plotting an attack at the time, counterrorism experts said."

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