The FBI admitted today (April 19, 2013) they interviewed the now-deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years ago, but failed to find any incriminating information about him, according to the CBS News website.
The FBI interviewed Tsarnaev -- the elder brother of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who was arrested in Watertown, Massachusetts tonight -- at the request of Russia to see if he had any extremist ties, but failed to find any linkage.
CBS News correspondent John Miller reports it is likely Russia asked the U.S. to have the elder Tsarnaev questioned because of suspected ties to Muslim extremists in the predominantly Islamic province of Chechnya in Russia.
Although the FBI initially denied contacting Tsarnaev, the brothers' mother -- who lives in Chechnya with the brothers' father -- said they had indeed contacted her older son in an interview with "Russia Today." She also said her older son got involved in "religious politics" about five years ago, and may have been involved in "jihad" (a radical segment of Islam that is opposed to all other religions).