The FBI has trouble keeping its story straight. The trouble with all their double talk is the public cannot discern if the motivation is understandable CYA or does someone in the DOJ have a personal agenda. Yes, they interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years ago and gave him a clean bill of health. Now we find that just 6 months ago that a Russian security agency reached out to the FBI. NBC has the story which I'm sure they will want to share with us after they've run it past Media Matters to check its veracity but in the meantime one of its affiliates has dropped this bombshell.
"A police official source in Makhachkala, Dagestan, told NBC News on Sunday that the Russian internal security service reached out to the FBI last November with some questions about Tamerlan, and handed over a copy of case file on him.
Tsarnaev had first popped up on the local police radar in Dagestan last summer, the source said. During routine surveillance of an individual known to be involved in the militant Islamic underground movement, the police witnessed Tamerlan meet the latter at a Salafi mosque in Makhachkala, the police official said.
It was one of six times in total that surveillance officials witnessed Tsarnaev meeting this militant at the same mosque, according to the police official.
The militant contact later disappeared, the police official said, but so did Tsarnaev before investigators had a chance to speak with him. The FBI never responded, according to the Dagestani police official."