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I Would Have Stopped Him, ‘Misha’ Says Of Bombing Suspect

April 29, 2013 8:00 AM

The man known as Misha who relatives of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects have alleged says he did no such thing and would have tried to stop the attack if he had known about it.

“I wasn’t his teacher,” Mikhail Allakhverdov (Misha) said Sunday of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. “If I had been his teacher, I would have made sure he never did anything like this.”

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as seen in a video taken on April 15 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as seen in a video taken on April 15 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died April 19 of injuries received during a gun battle with police in Watertown, Mass. His 19-year-old brother, Dzhokhar, the other suspect, was captured later that day in Watertown. He is being held at a prison medical facility outside Boston. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction.

April 15 by two blasts near the marathon’s finish line. The brothers also allegedly killed a MIT police officer later that week.

It was writer Christian Caryl who tracked down Allakhverdov. Caryl writes about their conversation . According to Caryl:

— “Having been referred by a family in Boston that was close to the Tsarnaevs, I found Allakhverdov at his home in Rhode Island, in a lower middle class neighborhood, where he lives in modest, tidy apartment with his elderly parents.”

— “Allakhverdov said he had known Tamerlan in Boston, where he lived until about three years ago, and has not had any contact with him since.”

— Allakhverdov said he has “been cooperating entirely with the FBI. I gave them my computer and my phone and everything I wanted to show I haven’t done anything. And they said they are about to return them to me. And the agents who talked told me they are about to close my case.”

Update at 6:25 p.m. ET. News Report: Female DNA Found on Bomb

Boston probe eyes slain Canadian jihadist, source says

By Josh Levs and Ben Brumfield, CNN
updated 8:11 PM EDT, Mon April 29, 2013
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Feds find female DNA on fragment of pressure cooker bombs, sources say
  • Source: Feds probe possible link to slain Canadian jihadist
  • Death-penalty expert appointed to represent Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
  • Federal agents interview “Misha” in Rhode Island

Read a version of this story in Arabic.

(CNN) — Federal agents are looking into possible links between dead Boston Marathon bomb suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and a Canadian boxer-turned-jihadist killed by Russian troops in 2012, a source being briefed on the investigation said Monday.

William Plotnikov and six others died in a firefight with Russian forces in the southwestern republic of Dagestan in July 2012, while Tsarnaev was visiting the region, the source said. The 23-year-old Plotnikov had been born in Russia, but his family moved to Canada when he was a teenager.

The source said Plotnikov’s body was prepared for burial by a local imam on July 14. Tamerlan Tsarnaev flew out of Dagestan two days later, arriving in New York on July 17. Investigators are looking into the possibility he left because of Plotnikov’s death, the source said.

Additionally, the source says investigators are looking into whether Tsarnaev had any contact with another militant named Mahmoud Mansur Nidal, 18, who was killed by Russian forces in May 2012 during a gun battle in Makhachkala, Dagestan’s capital.

Tsarnaev’s parents live in Makhachkala. Possible links between Tsarnaev and Plotnikov and Nidal were first reported by a Russian magazine, Novaya Gazeta.

And the source said that about a month before he returned to the United States, Tamerlan Tsarnaev applied for a Russian passport at a government office in Dagestan, telling authorities he had lost his existing passport. According to the source, Tsarnaev left Dagestan before his new passport arrived. It’s not clear whether he traveled on an existing Russian or Kyrgyz passport.

That report emerged the same day a U.S. government official told CNN that FBI agents have interviewed the man identified as “Misha,” an elusive figure whose name has surfaced in the Boston bombing investigation.

Investigators spoke with the man in Rhode Island after reports surfaced suggesting that members of the suspected bombers’ family blame a “Misha” for radicalizing Tsarnaev, whose wounded brother has identified him as the mastermind of the April 15 bombing.

The man, whose real name is Mikhail Allakhverdov, denies ever encouraging a violent take on Islam and says he was not Tamerlan’s teacher, according to a New York Review of Books writer who says he interviewed Misha.

“He began telling me he cooperated with the FBI” and had handed over his computer and cell phone, reporter Christian Caryl told CNN on Monday.

Allakhverdov insisted he had “nothing to do with radicalization,” Caryl said.

CNN has made repeated efforts to speak with Allakhverdov, but has so far been unsuccessful.

A lawyer who stepped out of the West Warwick, Rhode Island, apartment listed for Mikhail Allakhverdov told CNN he represents the parents of someone who lives there, adding, “We call him Michael.”

The parents have answered all questions the authorities have asked of them, attorney Richard Nicholson said.

The parents are nervous because of the media focus on them, he said, adding that the mother has a heart condition.

Misha’s family ‘friendly and welcoming’

Caryl said that when he showed up at Misha’s home, he took the family by surprise but managed to spend some time with him.

“I wasn’t his teacher. If I had been his teacher, I would have made sure he never did anything like this,” Allakhverdov said, according to Caryl’s report.

“A thirty-nine-year-old man of Armenian-Ukrainian descent, Allakhverdov is of medium height and has a thin, reddish-blond beard,” Caryl wrote. “When I arrived he was wearing a green and white short-sleeve football jersey and pajama pants. Along with his parents, his American girlfriend was there, and we sat together in a tiny living room that abuts the family kitchen.”

He added, “In many ways, Allakhverdov’s parents seem typical former-Soviet émigrés who had embraced middle class life in the United States. His father is an Armenian Christian and his mother is an ethnic Ukrainian.”

In the article, Allakhverdov’s father is quoted as saying, “We love this country. We never expected anything like this to happen to us.”

Ruslan Tsarni, Tamerlan’s uncle, told CNN last week that a friend of his nephew “just took his brain. He just brainwashed him completely.”

After The Associated Press said members of Tsarnaev’s family identified the friend as Misha, Tsarnaev’s former brother-in-law told CNN that Tsarnaev had a friend by that name. Elmirza Khozhgov said the friend apparently “had influence on Tamerlan.” But Khozhgov said he did not see Misha try to radicalize Tsarnaev.

Death-penalty expert to defend bomb suspect

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died after a shootout with police. His younger brother, Dzhokhar, 19, sustained gunshot wounds and is being held at a prison medical facility west of Boston. He has been charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death, as well as one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death.

On Monday, a federal judge appointed prominent defense lawyer Judy Clarke to represent the wounded suspect, who could be sentenced to death if convicted.

Legal colleagues consider Clarke to be the nation’s foremost expert on defending federal capital cases. She has represented numerous high-profile clients facing Death Row, including Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber; Eric Rudolph, who admitted to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic bombing and other attacks; and Jared Lee Loughner, who pleaded guilty to killing six people and wounding 13, including then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in a Tucson, Arizona, shooting spree. All of them are serving life in prison.

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FBI closing in on ‘Misha’: Agents identify mysterious bald, red-bearded Armenian-American man accused of radicalizing the Boston bombers

  • FBI has revealed that they now know the identity of the mystery man known as Misha
  • He is a recent Muslim convert who Tamerlan Tsarnaev was believed to have fallen under the influence of
  • He is accused of having steered the 26-year-old elder Boston bomber to a radical strain of Islam
  • ‘Somehow, he just took his brain,’ said Tamerlan’s uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, who recalled conversations with Tamerlan’s worried father about Misha’s influence
  • Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, mother of the bomber’s said it was ‘nonsense’ that Misha converted her son to terrorism

By James Nye and David Mccormack

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Family members of dead bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev have described Misha as the guiding influence in the elder bomber developing radicalized views.

Speculation as to who Misha is has varied wildly in the past week, with some suggesting he is the mastermind behind the marathon bombings while others believe he could be a Russian spy – sent to identify and keep tabs on young men like Tamerlan who are at risk of turning to militant Islam.

 

Bombing Attack: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, approximately 10-20 minutes before the blasts that struck the Boston Marathon

Bombing Attack: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, approximately 10-20 minutes before the blasts that struck the Boston Marathon

To date all that is known about him is that he is an Armenian man in his 30s with distinctive red beard and that he has disappeared – no longer living in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area.

However, family members have been telling reporters that in the years before the Boston marathon bombings, Tamerlan, 26, fell under the strong influence of a new friend, a Christian who converted to Islam and who steered the religiously apathetic young man towards adopting strong Islamic views.

‘It started in 2009. And it started right there, in Cambridge,’ said Tamerlan’s uncle Ruslan Tsarni to CNNfrom his home in Maryland.

‘This person just took his brain. He just brainwashed him completely.’

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a police shootout Friday. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, and he could face the death penalty if convicted.

Place of worship: A banner reading 'United We Stand For Peace on Earth' stands outside the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Tamerlan Tsarnaev attended

Place of worship: A banner reading ‘United We Stand For Peace on Earth’ stands outside the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Tamerlan Tsarnaev attended

Goofy: Tamerlan Tsarnaev practices boxing at the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts center in April 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts
Goofy: Tamerlan Tsarnaev practices boxing at the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts center in April 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts

Goofy: Tamerlan Tsarnaev practices boxing at the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts center in April 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts

The moment of the explosion at the Boston Marathon finish line The moment of the explosion at the Boston Marathon finish line: Three people were killed and a further 264 injured in the two blasts, which happened last Monday afternoon
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Innocence: The Tsarnaev siblings as children. Dzhokhar, center, stands in front of his older brother Tamerlan as they are accompanied by their sisters

Under the tutelage of a friend known to the Tsarnaev family only as Misha, Tamerlan gave up boxing and stopped studying music, his family said. He began opposing the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He turned to websites and literature claiming that the CIA was behind the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, and Jews controlled the world.

According to Ruslan, Tamerlan’s radicalization happened right under the nose of his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva.

Speaking to MailOnline last week, Ruslan said that Misha was around 30-years-old and that he was an Armenian who, unusually for such a largely Christian people, had converted to Islam.

Tamerlan’s relationship with Misha could be a clue in understanding the motives behind his religious transformation and, ultimately, the attack itself.

Although The Daily Beast claims that now officials know more about Misha he might be a less important part of the case than previously thought.

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Troubled family: This black and white photo shows Tamerlan as a baby, with his father Anzor (left), mother Zubeidat and uncle Muhamad Suleimanov

During his hospital room interrogation, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told FBI agents this week that he and his brother were influenced by the internet sermons of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born preacher who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in September 2011.

There is a long trail of hardened terrorists who have acknowledged coming under his sway. Among them are Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American who attempted to set off a car bomb in Times Square in May 2010, and Nidal Malik Hasan, the U.S. Army officer who killed 13 people in a shooting spree at Fort Hood in 2009.

The charismatic cleric was seen by the Obama administration as a uniquely dangerous terrorist because of his sermons, his intuitive grasp of U.S. culture, and a burning desire to strike his birth nation.

As authorities try to piece together that information, they are touching on a question asked after so many terrorist plots: What turns someone into a terrorist?

The brothers emigrated in 2002 or 2003 from Dagestan, a Russian republic that has become an epicenter of the Islamic insurgency that spilled over from the region of Chechnya.

They were raised in a home that followed Sunni Islam, the religion’s largest sect. They were not regulars at the mosque and rarely discussed religion, said Elmirza Khozhugov, 26, the ex-husband of Tamerlan’s sister, Ailina.

Then, in 2008 or 2009, Tamerlan met Misha, a slightly older, heavyset bald man with a long reddish beard. Khozhugov didn’t know where they’d met but believed they attended a Boston-area mosque together.

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According to Uncle Ruslan, Tamerlan, who was an accomplished boxer, began his radicalization by 2007 – right under his mother’s nose

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Revealed: Mother of Boston ‘bombers’ was put on CIA terrorist watchlist 18 months before attacks and is now a ‘person of interest’

  • Zubeidat Tsarnaev and her son Tamerlan were added to the CIA terrorism watchlist 18 months before the Boston bombings
  • Lawmakers say the mother is a ‘person of interest’ in the investigation
  • She is suspected of encouraging her sons to pursue radical Islamic ideas
  • Officials have traveled to Dagestan, Russia to interview her associates
  • The 45-year-old said the claims were ‘all lies and hypocrisy’
  • FBI had investigated both Zubeidat and Tamerlan in 2011
  • Ex-Russian official told Congress that Cold War distrust may have made U.S. officials less inclined to act on Russia’s tip

By Daily Mail Reporter and Associated Press Reporter

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The mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was put on the CIA terrorist watchlist 18 months before the tragedy, officials said on Friday as lawmakers revealed Zubeidat Tsarnaev is now considered a ‘person of interest’ in the federal investigation into the attack.

Two U.S. lawmakers said that investigators have traveled to Dagestan, Russia, to learn more from close associates who knew the suspects’ mother. 

The outspoken mother shot back, saying that claims that she had ties to terrorist activity were ‘lies and hypocrisy.’

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva
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Mother: Zubeidat Tsarnaeva (left, in a media interview in Dagestan, Russia on Thursday) has claimed her sons were framed for the Boston Marathon bombings (right, Zubeidat’s mugshot for a 2012 shoplifting arrest)

In a series of bizarre media interviews, Zubeidat Tsarnaev has staunchly defended her sons Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, who are accused of the terrorist attack on April 15 that left 3 dead and more than 260 injured.

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, 45, has sparked outrage for her incendiary comments to the media and now officials say they are probing her possible involvement in the tragedy.

‘[She (Zubeidat) is a person of interest that we’re looking at to see if she helped radicalize her son, or had contacts with other people or other terrorist groups,’ Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Democrat from Maryland, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, said on Friday.

Rep. Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said investigators are looking into whether the mother encouraged her son, Tamerlan, to embrace Islam extremism.

Outrage: The world has been shocked at Zubeidat Tsarnaev's claims that the entire Boston Marathon attack was a setup

Outrage: The world has been shocked at Zubeidat Tsarnaev’s claims that the entire Boston Marathon attack was a setup (the mother speaking to the UK’s Channel 4 News in Russia this week)

Family: Investigators want to know about the mother's influence over hers sons (Zubeidat, center in an undated photo holding a baby Tamerlan, with the boy's father Anzor (left) and uncle Muhamad Suleimanov (right)

Family: Investigators want to know about the mother’s influence over her sons (Zubeidat, center in an undated photo holding a baby Tamerlan, with the boy’s father Anzor (left) and uncle Muhamad Suleimanov (right)

‘The mother in my judgment has a role in his radicalization process in terms of her influence over him (and) fundamental views of Islam,’ the Texas Republican told reporters.

He added that a team of U.S. investigators had traveled to the Chechen region to interview sources who knew the family.

Unnamed officials have also reveled that the CIA asked for the Boston terror suspect and his mother to be added to a terrorist database in the fall of 2011, after the Russian government contacted the agency with concerns that both had become religious militants, according to officials briefed on the investigation.

About six months earlier, the FBI investigated Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, also at Russia’s request, one of the officials said.

The FBI found no ties to terrorism.

Hometown: U.S. officials are traveling to Dagestan, Russia (pictured) to interview associates who know the bomber's mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev

Hometown: U.S. officials are traveling to Dagestan, Russia (pictured) to interview associates who know the bomber’s mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev

Tip off: Officials now say they had been warned about possible ties Zubeidat Tsarnaev had with terrorism (pictured, the home of Anzor Tsarnaev, in Dagestan)

Tip off: Officials now say they had been warned about possible ties Zubeidat Tsarnaev had with terrorism (pictured, the home of Anzor Tsarnaev, in Dagestan)

The revelation that the FBI had also investigated Zubeidat Tsarnaeva and the CIA arranged for her to be added to the terrorism database deepened the mystery around the family.

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva to the news on Friday, slamming officials who are trying to implicate her.

‘It’s all lies and hypocrisy,’ she told The Associated Press from Dagestan.

‘I’m sick and tired of all this nonsense that they make up about me and my children. People know me as a regular person, and I’ve never been mixed up in any criminal intentions, especially any linked to terrorism.’

A former official of the Russian government told Congress on Friday that Cold War-era distrust may have made American officials less inclined to act on tips from Russian security services about one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers

Andranik Migranyan, a former member of the President Council of the Russian Federation, told a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Friday that Russia and the United States have long viewed each other warily.

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Parents of Boston bombing suspects have ‘fled their home in Russia’ as mother claims she called an ambulance for her husband – and he is no longer planning to visit the U.S.

  • Parents of Boston bombing suspects have apparently left their home in Dagestan, Russia, for another part of the country
  • The suspects’ mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, says her husband is indefinitely postponing his trip to the U.S. due to health issues
  • News comes following bizarre press conference in which the mother claimed her sons were framed for the blasts

By Lydia Warren, Louise Boyle and Hayley Peterson

PUBLISHED: 08:31 EST, 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:46 EST, 26 April 2013

The parents of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects have left their home in Dagestan for another part of Russia and the suspect’s father is no longer planning to fly to the U.S. later this week to bury his eldest son and cooperate with the FBI investigation into the attacks.

The suspects’ mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, told CNN that that her husband, Anzor Tsarnaev, is indefinitely delaying his trip to the U.S. because of health reasons. She claimed she had to call an ambulance for him on Thursday but did not elaborate on what happened.

Zubeidat told Fox Newsthat on Friday he is was planning to go to a Moscow hospital to treat ‘nerves, head, stomach and elevated blood pressure.’

She was never planning to accompany her husband to the U.S. because she faces felony shoplifting charges here.

Defiant: Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, speaks at a news conference as the suspects' father, Anzor Tsarnaev listens in MakhachkalaDefiant: Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, speaks at a news conference as the suspects’ father, Anzor Tsarnaev listens in Makhachkala
On the move: Father of the suspected bombers Anzor Tsarnaev speaks at a press conference after he announced that he will travel to the U.S. in the next day or two On the move: Father of the suspected bombers Anzor Tsarnaev speaks at a press conference after he announced that he will travel to the U.S. in the next day or two
‘America took my kids away’ says Boston bombing suspects’ mother

News of the parents’ apparent flight from Dagestan comes one day after a bizarre press conference in which they claimed that the gruesome carnage of the Boston attacks, which kill three people and injured more than 200, was staged by the government.

‘America took my kids away from me,’ she cried. ‘I’m sure my kids were not involved in anything.’

The mother of the suspected bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, went so far as to claim that the blood covering the streets after the blasts was in fact paint.

The couple’s eldest son, Tamerlan, was killed in a police shootout last Friday and Dzhokhar was taken into custody – alive, but badly injured – less than 24 hours later in Watertown, Mass. following a massive manhunt.

After spending nearly a week in a Boston hospital recovering from gunshot wounds sustained during a firefight with police, Dzhokhar was transferred to a prison facility on Friday. He has been charged in the marathon attacks and is facing a maximum sentence of the death penalty or life in prison.

Enraged: Anzor Tsarnaev and his wife Zubeidat gesture at the gathered journalists at the press conference alongside the suspects' aunt Patimat Suleymanova Enraged: Anzor Tsarnaev and his wife Zubeidat gesture at the gathered journalists at the press conference alongside the suspects’ aunt Patimat Suleymanova

Hysteria: Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, speaks at a news conference as her sister-in-law, Maryam

Hysteria: Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, speaks at a news conference as her sister-in-law, Maryam

The Tsarnaev family emigrated to the U.S. a decade ago, but both parents returned to Russia last year.

The father said Thursday that he was planning to travel to the U.S. as soon as Friday, but hadn’t yet bought a plane ticket.

Banging the table in front of him, Anzor said: ‘I am going to the United States. I want to say that I am going there to see my son, to bury the older one.

‘I don’t have any bad intentions. I don’t plan to blow up anything.

‘I am not angry at anyone. I want to go find out the truth.’

Zubeidat also described a figure known only as ‘Misha’ – who has been pinpointed as a source of radicalization for her son Tamerlan.

She said that he was a ‘very nice man’, of Armenian origin and living in Boston. ‘Misha’ is also apparently a convert to the Islamic faith.

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Boston bombers’ uncle married daughter of top CIA official

The uncle of the two suspected Boston bombers in last week’s attack, Ruslan Tsarni, was married to the daughter of former top CIA official Graham Fuller

The discovery that Uncle Ruslan Tsarni had spy connections that go far deeper than had been previously known is ironic, especially since the mainstrean media’s focus yesterday was on a feverish search to find who might have recruited the Tsarnaev brothers.

The chief suspect was a red-haired Armenian exorcist.  They were fingering a suspect who may not, in fact, even exist.

It was like blaming one-armed hippies on acid for killing your wife.

Ruslan Tsarni married the daughter of former top CIA official Graham Fuller, who spent 20 years as operations officer in Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong. In 1982 Fuller was appointed the National Intelligence Officer for Near East and South Asia at the CIA, and in 1986, under Ronald Reagan, he became the Vice-Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, with overall responsibility for national level strategic forecasting.

At the time of their marriage, Ruslan Tsarni was known as Ruslan Tsarnaev, the same last name as his nephews Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged bombers.

It is unknown when he changed his last name to Tsarni.

What is known is that sometime in the early 1990’s, while she was a graduate student in North Carolina, and he was in law school at Duke, Ruslan Tsarnaev met and married Samantha Ankara Fuller, the daughter of Graham and Prudence Fuller of Rockville Maryland. Her middle name suggests a reference to one of her father’s CIA postings.

The couple divorced sometime before 2004.

Today Ms. Fuller lives abroad, and is a director of several companies pursuing strategies to increase energy production from clean-burning and renewable resources.

On a more ominous note, Graham Fuller was listed as one of the American Deep State rogues on Sibel Edmonds’ State Secrets Privilege Gallery,. Edmonds explained it featured subjects of FBI investigations she became aware of during her time as an FBI translator.

Criminal activities were being protected by claims of State Secrets, she asserted. After Attorney General John Ashcroft went all the way to the Supreme Court to muzzle her under a little-used doctrine of State Secrets, she put up twenty-one photos, with no names.

One of them was Graham Fuller.

“Congress of Chechen International” c/o Graham Fuller

A story about a Chechen oik exec/uncle pairing up with a top CIA official who once served as CIA Station Chief in Kabul sounds like a pitch for a bad movie.

But the two men may have been in business together.

In 1995, Tsarnaev incorporated the Congress of Chechen International Organizations in Maryland, using as the address listed on incorporation documents 11114 Whisperwood Ln, in Rockville Maryland, the home address of his then-father-in-law.

It is just eight miles up the Washington National Pike from the Montgomery Village home where “Uncle Ruslan” met—and apparently wowed, the press after the attack in Boston.

The Washington Post yesterday called him a “media maven,” while nationally syndicated Washington Post columnist Ester Cepeda , in a piece with the headline “The Wise Words of Uncle Ruslan” opined that he was her choice for “an award for bravery in the face of adversity.”

Success through indirection, mis-direction, redirection, and protection

Uncle Ruslan’s spy connections go far deeper than was already known, which was that he spent two years working in Kazakhstan for USAID.

But the mainstream media was lookng the other way.

Under the headline Did ‘Misha’ influence Tsarnaevs? In Watertown, doubts,” USA Today reported: “Misha. A new name has emerged in the Boston Marathon bombing case—one familiar to the family of the two young men accused of the atrocity and apparently of interest to the Russian and American security services as well.”

Ruslan Tsarni was the first to bring up the supposed man’s supposed name. Or rather, he brought up a first name:  Misha. But it was enough. We were off to the races…

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Officials: Russia caught bomb suspect on wiretap

Grief: Zubeidat Tsarnaeva outside her home in the predominantly Muslim province in Russia's Caucasus

Grief: Zubeidat Tsarnaeva outside her home in the predominantly Muslim province in Russia’s Caucasus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, officials said Saturday, days after the U.S. government finally received details about the call.

In another conversation, the mother of now-dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, officials said.

The conversations are significant because, had they been revealed earlier, they might have been enough evidence for the FBI to initiate a more thorough investigation of the Tsarnaev family.

As it was, Russian authorities told the FBI only that they had concerns that Tamerlan and his mother were religious extremists. With no additional information, the FBI conducted a limited inquiry and closed the case in June 2011.

Two years later, authorities say Tamerlan and his brother, Dzhohkar, detonated two homemade bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 260. Tamerlan was killed in a police shootout and Dzhohkar is under arrest.

In another aspect of the investigation, FBI agents wrapped up a two-day search at a landfill near the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where 19-year-old Dzhokhar was a second-year student. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller wouldn’t say what investigators were looking for or whether they recovered anything from the landfill before the search ended Friday.

In the past week, Russian authorities turned over to the United States information it had on 26-year-old Tamerlan and his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva. The Tsarnaevs are ethnic Chechens who emigrated from southern Russia to the Boston area over the past 11 years.

Even had the FBI received the information from the Russian wiretaps earlier, it’s not clear that the government could have prevented the attack.

In early 2011, the Russian FSB internal security service intercepted a conversation between Tamerlan and his mother vaguely discussing jihad, according to U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation with reporters.

The two discussed the possibility of Tamerlan going to Palestine, but he told his mother he didn’t speak the language there, according to the officials, who reviewed the information Russia shared with the U.S.

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