(MyFoxBoston.com) – Newly revealed text messages show Boston Marathon Bomber No. 1 Tamerlan Tsarnaev was willing to die for Islam. U.S. officials are calling the text messages the most important in a series of missed signals, a vital piece of information that Russia reportedly withheld from the U.S. government prior to the bombings.
The Wall Street Journal reports that texts between Tamerlan's mother and a relative allegedly suggest Tamerlan wanted to join Russian militant groups and spoke of general "Jihad."
Russian agents intercepted those text messages discussing Tamerlan's radicalization, but failed to tell U.S. officials, according to a new report.
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said the information would have allowed the FBI to open an investigation to track Tamerlan's communications. In addition, the paper reports after the Russian government made its query in 2011 into Tamerlan, the FBI requested three times for more information, but received none.
Meanwhile the friends of Bomber No. 2 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have waived their probable cause hearings.
Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov are charged with Accessory After the Fact for allegedly trying to destroy evidence taken from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room.
FOX 25 legal analyst Phil Tracy says waiving the probable cause hearing allows the lawyers for both men more time to review the case. Both are on student visas from Kazakhstan and likely to be indicted in the coming weeks.
The widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Katherine Russell, remains in seclusion with her 3-year-old daughter in North Kingstown, R.I., at the home of her parents. She reportedly remains under close watch by federal authorities and through her attorneys has said repeatedly she had no knowledge of the bombing plot.
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