Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged Monday in federal court with conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction. At the same time, our administration is leaking information about the nature of his crime and they are playing down the terror angle.
An unnamed official for the US government said that the Boston attack has nothing to do with al Qaeda central. How could they possibly know this so soon?
These same people couldn’t even find these men despite having their pictures and despite the fact that the FBI interviewed Tamerlan a year-and-a-half before. We are now supposed to trust that after a couple days, they’ve solved the case? They are also saying that Dzhokhar is communicating substantively. To be cynical, that would fit the narrative.
These are some early assessments but far from final conclusions, the official said. The assessments are part of a full interagency review now underway by the U.S. intelligence and law enforcement community, who are going back through their databases and information looking for any links to the two men.
In the last several hours, the intelligence review to a large extent has focused on regional militant connections the men have had in Russian or Central Asia. But the official also noted they simply may have been “inspired” by a militant ideology or may simply have been disgruntled persons aiming to carry out an attack, and had no connections to foreign groups. “We simply don’t know yet,” he said.
The review was ordered by James Clapper, director of National Intelligence. Initially, before the men were identified by the FBI, the review was looking at any indications of a threat emerging from overseas against the United States. Once the identities of the men became known, with their possible ethnic Chechen background, the focus shifted.