Two government officials, speaking on condition of anonymity said the CIA had Zubeidat Tsarnaeva's name added to the terror database along with that of her son Tamerlan Tsarnaev after Russia contacted the agency in 2011 with concerns that the two were religious militants.
About six months earlier, the FBI investigated mother and son, also at Russia's request, one of the officials said. The FBI found no ties to terrorism. Previously US officials had said only that the FBI investigated Tamerlan.
In an interview from Dagestan, Tsarnaeva said Friday that she has never been linked to terrorism. She said it would not surprise her if she were listed in a US terror database.
Two government officials told that US intelligence agencies added the Boston bombing suspects' mother to a federal terrorism database about 18 months before the attack, CBC reports quoting the Associated Press.
Officials say this was done after Russia contacted the CIA late in 2011 with concerns that the now-dead suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM'-ehr-luhn tsahr-NEYE'-ehv), and his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva (zoo-bay-DAHT' tsahr-NEYE'-eh-vuh), were religious militants about to travel to Russia. The CIA asked that Tsarnaev and Tsarnaeva be added to a classified intelligence database called TIDE. Being on the database does not automatically mean the U.S. suspects a person of terrorist activity and does not automatically subject a person to surveillance, security screening or travel restrictions.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation.
“There was paint instead of blood!” a wild-eyed Zubeidat Tsarnaeva insisted in an interview. “It is some kind of show, spectacle . . . something like a really big play performed by actors.”
And the bombers’ father, Anzor Tsarnaev, joined her at a press conference in Makhachkala, the capital of the Russian republic of Dagestan, where they demanded an investigation into what they called the murder of their son, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26.
Zubeidat said her sons were framed “just because they were Muslim.”
She also accused cops of shooting her son, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, in the neck so he couldn’t talk.
“You know what I think? I think now they will try to make my Dzhokhar guilty because they took away his voice, his ability to talk to the world . . . They did not want the truth to come out,” she said.
Anzor banged the table as he revealed plans to go to America.
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said she hadn’t even looked at news photos and video of the Boston Marathon bombings and the suffering of victims.
“I haven’t,” she admitted but said she had seen video that convinced her the attack was a fake.
“There is something wrong,” she said.
Asked whether she accepted her sons’ guilt, she said: “No, I don’t. And I won’t. Never.”
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been moved to a prison at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, from the hospital where he had been held since his arrest by police a week ago, the U.S. Marshals Service said.
"The U.S. Marshals Service confirms that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been transported from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is now confined at the Bureau of Prisons facility FMC Devens at Ft. Devens, Mass.," said U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Drew Wade.
Voice of Russia, Reuters, RT