Report: Saudi Arabia Warned U.S. About Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 10:56 AM

By Lisa Barron

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Saudi Arabia last year sent the Department of Homeland Security a written warning about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two brothers accused of the Boston Marathon bombings, according to an online report published Wednesday.

The British-based MailOnline claimed it interviewed a senior Saudi government official with direct knowledge of the document.

The unidentified official allegedly told MailOnline the warning was based on human intelligence developed in Yemen and was separate from the information Russian law enforcement officials gave to their American counterparts in 2011.

The warning “was very specific,” and indicated that “something was going to happen in a major U.S. city,” the website quoted official as saying, adding that it “did name Tamerlan specifically” although it did not name Boston or suggest a date for his planned attack.

Robbed: Secret ‘Financial War’ Will Wipe Out Your Wealth, Warns Pentagon Adviser

A Homeland Security official, however, denied the claim. “DHS has no knowledge of any communication from the Saudi government regarding information on the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing prior to the attack,” MailOnline said.

A spokesperson for President Barack Obama’s National Security Council, Caitlin Hayden, echoed that view, telling MailOnline that “We and other relevant U.S. government agencies have no record of such a letter being received.”

MailOnline claimed that another DHS official said he had heard of the Saudi communication and that an aide to a Republican member of the House Homeland Security Committee speculated that it was “possible the Department of Homeland Security received the information from the Saudi government but never passed it on to the White House.”

The Saudi official to whom MailOnline spoke apparently suggested that the Saudi Ministry of Interior sent the letter as a precautionary measure, saying, “With Saudi Arabia it’s always code red. There’s no code orange, or code yellow. Always red.”

The official also said the Saudi government denied an entry visa to Tamerlan in December 2011, when he apparently wanted to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

LIGNET: Putin's Ukraine Moves Rattle His Eurasian Union Allies

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 16:23 PM

Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan supported Russian President Vladimir Putin's power grab of Crimea and intend to sign the . . .

US Calls Comments by Russia's Lavrov 'Ludicrous'

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 15:46 PM

The State Department on Wednesday dismissed comments by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov suggesting that the Unite . . .

Pete Hoekstra: Send More US Troops to Eastern Europe

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 15:42 PM

Moving U.S. troops into the Baltic States to protect NATO interests is a positive step but falls short of what really ne . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved