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Russia failed to tell FBI about Islamic jihad call, report says
The Russian government declined to provide the F.B.I. with information about Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years before the attack that might have prompted more extensive scrutiny of him, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
The information is contained in an inspector general’s review of how American intelligence and law enforcement agencies could have thwarted the bombing.
Russian officials had told the F.B.I. in 2011 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, “was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer,” the New York Times reported, and that Tsarnaev had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to Russia.
But after an initial investigation by F.B.I. agents in Boston, the Russians declined several bureau requests for additional information they had about him, the newspaper reported.
The report found that it was only after the bombing occurred last April that the Russians shared with the F.B.I. the additional intelligence, including information from a telephone conversation the Russian authorities had intercepted between Tsarnaev and his mother in which they discussed Islamic jihad.
Investigators do not know man’s identity or whereabouts
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s help to identify and track down a man known only as John Doe who is suspected of sexually exploiting a child.
The FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children first learned of the man’s sexually explicit activities with a child in November of 2012.
Investigators said they obtained a video of the explicit act, which revealed clues about the man’s identity and whereabouts.
For example, the video shows the man and the child inside a home with what appears to be a blue sofa chair and a picture hanging on a wall in the background. In addition, the man was wearing wire-framed glasses and a burgundy T-shirt with what appeared to be a shark logo on the left side.
The man was described as a white male in his 30s or 40s with a receding hairline.
FBI officials said there were no specific details linking the suspect to a particular state or region of the United States.
Anyone with information about this man is urged to submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/, or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).
WALDRON, Ind. — A team of FBI agents, archaeologists and other experts are confiscating Native American and other artifacts and relics from a collection described as having immeasurable cultural significance from a home in rural central Indiana, authorities said.
An FBI investigation determined that the homeowner, Donald C. Miller, may have knowingly and unknowingly collected objects in violation of several treaties and federal and state statutes, Special Agent in Charge Robert Jones said Wednesday.
“We know that some of the items were acquired improperly,” Jones said.
The items, stored in several buildings on the property about 35 miles southeast of Indianapolis, areto be collected, identified and repatriated, he said. Those that properly belong to Millerare being safeguarded, he said. A number of statutes and law may not have been in effect when Miller collected some of the items, he said.”The exact number of artifacts in the collection is unknown at this time but it’s believed to be in the thousands,” Jones said. “The monetary value of the entire collection and of its individual pieces is yet to be determined however the cultural value of these artifacts is immeasurable.”
Jones said that the extensive collection, which Miller amassed over eight decades, includes Native American artifacts and relics as well as items from the United States, China, Haiti, Australia, Russia, New Guinea, Italy, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Greece, Peru and possibly several other countries.
He said he could not comment on the nature of the items but said that Miller had traveled extensively. He said the team was trying to determine the exact time and method of each acquisition.
Larry Zimmerman, a professor of anthropology and museum studies, said he was overwhelmed when he saw the collection.
“I have never seen a collection like this in my entire life except in some of the largest museums,” he said.
Miller, 91, told CBS News that he was a lifetime collector who had a museum of hundreds of artifacts in his basement.
He said he “absolutely” has rightful ownership of the artifacts and that he was cooperating with the FBI’s search.
“I have been in 200 countries collecting artifacts,” he said.
Miller has not been charged with any crime.
Television helicopter video showed a mobile FBI command vehicle, a moving van and several tents alongside a two-story home near the town of Waldron.
Some 200 people are involved in the process, which could take years.
Fox won’t say if he’ll resign
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox says he won’t yet comment publicly on the raids of his office and home by federal and state law enforcement officials.
Fox told reporters outside his Providence home Saturday he would make a statement “when it’s appropriate.”
Authorities raided Fox’s Statehouse office and home Friday as part of an investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office, FBI, IRS and state police. Officials haven’t said whom or what they are investigating.
Fox wouldn’t comment when asked if he plans to resign. He also wouldn’t say if a lawyer is representing him.
Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello called an “informational caucus” Friday evening to talk about “the future of the House.” He hasn’t called for Fox to step down but says he has enough votes to be speaker.
Few details released about investigation
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The U.S. attorney’s office says an investigation is underway at the Rhode Island Statehouse, where police officers are stationed outside House Speaker Gordon Fox’s office.
U.S. attorney’s office spokesman Jim Martin says his office, the FBI, IRS and state police are engaged in a law enforcement action, but he would not give specifics.
Three state police officers were standing outside the closed door to Fox’s office on Friday morning.
Fox’s spokesman, Larry Berman, says state police came in Friday morning and asked everyone to leave. He says Fox is not at the Statehouse.
Martin would not comment when asked whether the Democratic House speaker was being investigated.