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April 22nd, 2013
10:36 PM ET

Jake Tapper shares Tsarnaev claims: "There were not foreign terrorist groups involved in this terrorist plot"

On a day which saw Dzhokhar Tsarnaev formally charged by the Justice Department, on Monday evening, "Piers Morgan Live" invited Jake Tapper to offer his latest insights into the developments of the case of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Reporting from the ground in Boston, the host of CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" noted that Tsarnaev has submitted to his first preliminary interview with authorities, making a handful of noteworthy claims:

"What Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is conveying to investigators is the following: One, that there were not foreign terrorist groups involved in this terrorist plot, that it was just the two of them. Two, that there was a real online component, to this radicalization, done through videos," explained Tapper, before adding the third item in his list of new information. "That the older brother – Tamerlan Tsarnaev – was the driving force."

Despite being in a "debilitated state" as a result of injuries incurred on both Thursday and Friday of last week, officials have told Tapper that the younger Tsarnaev is lucid to the point where his intel can be trusted:

"His health obviously has been of serious concern, he's been in serious condition, but he is able to communicate, he is talking to investigators," he told Piers Morgan. "So far ... there has been some serious information, that he has been able to offer."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Tapper goes on to share specific details as to the ways in which an injured Tsarnaev is able to communicate amidst his various medical ailments.
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  1. sm

    Id bet the Feds and the CIA are holding back that information for good cause due to there was outside corrupting of foreign terrorist states and websites. Its best to not let that information out anyway, We dont need to know, hopefully it will be News a year or two down the road that they stopped another terrorist attack because of the present intelligance collected.

    April 22, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdorkagorytea&grumpets

      The dead guy:

      apparently a typo on a flight list prevented him being debarred from the States–a single letter,dammit.Russians were
      on to him,and he was on a list with you,but the spelling not unlike yours! I jest,but it's a nightmare,some of the pictures.

      A typo.

      April 22, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Steve in MO

        Not a conspiracy theorist myself, but I can't buy this story either. The Russians were onto him and warned us. The brothers' own uncle wouldn't have anything to do with them. The elder brother went back to Russia, did he communicate with the extremist group there? He was turned somehow, and everyone but the FBI could see it. Now that the older brother is dead, I fear leads are lost.

        April 23, 2013 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
      • sm

        Shepherd diddle doogis is on Acid now! hey Gregory!

        April 23, 2013 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Fred Griswold

    One of the aunts and one of the uncles of the Tsarnaev brothers both said they hadn't seen those kids in years. Doesn't sound like a very close-knit family to me. No wonder Tamerlan Tsarnaev said he didn't have any American friends. Before he went back to Chechnya I bet he learned about terrorism by spending his evenings watching Foxnews on that hopeless little screen. That Russian terrorist connection is probably bogus. P. S. Do you think Tsarnaev can get a better deal from the judge because he killed his brother? According to one report, he ran over Tamerlan while he was trying to get away.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      Hey Fred,thanks for posting.

      I really don't think the family knew a thing,mainly convinced by interview with the father at his door[radio].Don't think he was any the wiser.News to me about the former being run over by the latter,needs investigation,of course;watched ABC News last night[01:30 GMT],apparently the dead guy suspected of murdering three roommates,cutting their throats
      and sprinkling them with money and marijuana–sounds like a calling card,and Eastern Europe notorious for this.

      You could argue that Russia has brutalised the place:at one time dropping them to their deaths from Sikorskys.

      (Now they're trying to ship arms to Assad round the West Coast of Scotland,HM Coastguard boarding a vessel forcing
      it to turn back recently,Lloyds withdrawing insurance when they found out what was onboard.)

      It's a mad violent world,my friend,hope to hear from you again.Peace.

      April 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Shepherdiggledoodis

    It's YOU coming up with these names,my chickadee,methinks the lady doth protest too much!

    April 23, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Doggie Style/Tail Between Legs

    Actually,um...it's diddle doogis.Sorry.

    Carry on!

    April 23, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. sm can be nice to me and sm can be nasty to me.

    Know what you need...

    {see previous posting}

    April 23, 2013 at 11:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Fred Griswold

    Thanks for the kind words, Shep. Regarding Russia brutalizing Chechnya, there's been bad blood between those two for a long time. When the Soviet Union broke up and all the Soviet republics went their own ways, Chechnya probably would have done the same but they had the bad luck to be a part of Russia, not a republic of their own. And the last thing the Russians wanted was to see Russia break up. So they've been resisting the Chechen rebels ever since.

    April 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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