U.S. intel agencies reviewing all data on Boston bombing suspects
April 19th, 2013
10:45 AM ET

U.S. intel agencies reviewing all data on Boston bombing suspects

By Barbara Starr and Pam Benson

U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are again reviewing all intelligence on the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing for clues about their motivations and connections to possible terrorist groups, U.S. officials told CNN.

In the hours since the identities of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerian Tsarnaev were confirmed by the FBI, “there is a very methodical and in-depth analysis under way on these suspects and the connections they may have had to any overseas group,” a senior U.S. official said. Until Thursday, the Obama administration had not come up with any specific intelligence - including intercepts or online messages - indicating a threat to the Boston Marathon, according to officials that CNN had spoken with previously. But now, with the identification of the suspects, social media messages they have posted, and other information coming to light, “we can focus more specifically on their potential connections overseas,” the senior official said.

The officials said that agencies are going back through all relevant data - things such as intelligence reports, intercepts, jihadist websites, passport records — that they have collected to see if there is any information about the suspects and if there are potential links to international or domestic terrorist groups.

However, the senior official also strongly emphasized that the intelligence community simply has no answers at this point as to whether there is an international connection or whether the suspects were "inspired" or "influenced" by overseas groups. He also reiterated it is entirely possible this was purely an act of domestic terrorism with no foreign nexus.

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  1. massoud


    April 21, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  2. Fdgjdghj Ksfgj

    saeed did you ever consider that you don't own white people

    April 21, 2013 at 12:46 am | Reply
  3. Dthuk Khtrd

    saeed didn't you get droned a few months ago

    April 20, 2013 at 12:40 am | Reply
    • USMC1371

      We couldn't get that lucky

      April 20, 2013 at 1:32 am | Reply
  4. saeed

    one irish potato farmer blown to pieces two irish potato farmers blown to pieces three irish potato farmers blown to pieces death to dublin soon dublin will be nuked.

    April 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  5. Bob

    All you NRA folks should listen to the family proclaim their son was set up by FBI. They sound crazy, don't they? Yet two days ago, NRA folks were suggesting the bombing was done by the FBI to clamp down (on bombs, I guess) and talking about "false flag" operations. Guess what? You NRA folk with your "the government wants to take our guns" and "we need them to overthrow the government" sound just as crazy ALL THE TIME. So the next time a bill comes up for reasonable gun control or a renewal of the assault weapon ban (which WOULD have prevent Newtown since all the kids were killed with previously-banned weapons), STFU and go sit in the corner with the birthers, "controlled demolition", and the "global warming is a hoax created by ten thousand scientists over the last 40 years" nutjobs.

    April 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  6. SecretSquirrel

    They didn't do it.

    April 19, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  7. Joe

    all your posts are just strange.Some of you are excellent writers.Lets just see where the investigation leads and whos actually behind this HORRENDESS act.Killing two children and I cant imagine how the parents feel.Left wing right wing what the heck is that.Im not republican or democrat and I think this bullcrap system is outdated.People blame the President yadda yadda.He is just 1/3.Blame our government for not even be able to work together.But they are together on this !!!

    April 19, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      The investigation could lead to something the public should not be aware of.I know of a few senerios I dont want to share.Who ever the Real Truth is your very Educated.

      April 19, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Reply
      • Joe

        I was thinking of a different senerio and Im wrong,I was thinking Russia Mafia and its back to a Rogue cleric.

        April 20, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
  8. outspoken

    The WAR monger BUSH-CHENEY ghosts are running around white house all the time.

    April 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  9. Nuke North Korea Now !!!

    Watch Dennis Rodman visit North Korea again for vacation with his friend Kim Lu Cham ... JayZ is traveling to Cuba for his new video , and Dessi is performing online for his latest tune (Angry Love) ...

    April 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Reply


    April 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  11. Boston Observer

    Where is Bruce Willis when you really need him

    April 19, 2013 at 11:48 am | Reply
  12. George Patton-2

    I'm quite surprised here that the right-wing thugs in Washington are not trying to link this attack to Al Qaeda and the Taliban in order to find an excuse to keep us in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan and possibly, to jump into Syria! It would do well to remember that we jumped into Vietnam only a year after the assassination of JFK, because the C.I.A. wanted that war to occur!!!

    April 19, 2013 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • Boston Observer

      factually IT IS THE DEMOCRATS AND Obama WHO HAVE KEPT US IN Afghanistan FOR THE PAST 5 + YEARS dud

      April 19, 2013 at 11:47 am | Reply
      • The REAL Truth...

        Really.. please educate yourself.. The appropriations bills necessary to fund their stay (unlike the unfunded wars started by Bush 43) have to BE APPROVED by the House. Last I recall, the Obstructionist Party was whining about retaining control of the House. That would mean that at the very least they have 50% responsibility for troops still being in Afghanistan.

        April 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
  13. thetruth

    John King needs to apologize publicly to the people who been attacked because of him labeling Boston bombing suspects as dark skinned males when obviously they're from caucus mountain region.

    April 19, 2013 at 11:16 am | Reply
    • michael

      King, is a closet neo conservative leaning analyst! Which, makes it no surprise, he said what he did without reservations! HE NEEDS TO BE FIRED! CNN, should not prop him up, mediate, substantiate, or try to justify this man's reporting with gross negligence and disregard for impact of his words racially. We, have seen this movie time after time, politically, judicially, and with the media! This was reprehensible and irresponsible reporting.

      April 19, 2013 at 11:30 am | Reply
      • George Patton-2

        No surprise here, michael. All the media is right-wing( or conservative as you say) but some are just more right-wing than others!

        April 19, 2013 at 11:36 am |
      • Pete

        @Micheal,just more propaganda from the righties and they'll be left alone because the MSM is suppposidly mostly conservative isn't it but God forbid a democrate said such a thing the racist bible toting hypocrites from the right would come out like flies off a piece of dung to crucifie him , but that's why they're full of dung to begin with isn't it...King if you follow runs the same way as Limbaugh saying outlandish statements to keep his somewhat lethargic party of racists awake as in shock radio,the more rediculous the better for both..Just make King go sit in a corner and he'll torment himself to death and what a better way to get back at a hypocrite than to have King speak bad about himself ,like a dog chasing his own tail and what to do when he gets it is another question!!

        April 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • Boston Observer

      John only reported what he was told....

      April 19, 2013 at 11:49 am | Reply
  14. George Patton-2

    oh NO muslims again !!!

    April 19, 2013 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • Boston Observer

      The media is 95% Left leaning

      April 19, 2013 at 11:50 am | Reply
      • The REAL Truth...

        Funny how talk radio is 95% RIGHT wing.. Funny how Fux news, Breitbart and a host of other right-wing illuminaries (such as Limbaugh, Hannitty, O'Reilly, Beck, Imus, Ingraham and Coulter) pound the airwaves with propaganda for the red-state lemming masses.

        April 19, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
      • Pete

        @Boston Observer,and if in Boston what stations are really liberal leaning ,not many compared to Fox and about 10 other conservative ones if you call them stations ..Fox is the bad boy on the block and only MSNBC with Rachel Maddox can keep up with their extremist righty propaganda with truthful liberal facts.Joseph Goebbels style propaganda that is lie through your teeth till all those ignorent republicans that don't know better start believing, like Bush having brains,good one right!!

        April 19, 2013 at 4:46 pm |

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