Saudi Arabia warned U.S. in writing about Tamerlan Tsarnaev: Report

The U.S. received a written warning about Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2012 by Saudi Arabia, the Daily Mail reported.

The warning, the senior Saudi government official with knowledge of the letter said, was based on intelligence that came from Yemen. It was completely separate from the warning that stemmed from Russia in 2011, MailOnline added.


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The Saudi government denied entry to Tamerlan Tsarnaev in December 2011 due to security reasons, the government official said. The bombing suspect was trying to enter as in a pilgrimage to Mecca, the British publication said.

The White House denied that any such written warning was ever received, Fox News reported.

UPDATE: The Saudi embassy in the U.S. flatly denies the Mail’s report in a statement: “The Saudi government had no prior information about the Boston bombers. Therefore, it is not true that any information, written or otherwise, was passed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or any other US agency in this regard. The Saudi government also does not have any record of any application by Tamerlan Tsarnaev for any visa to Saudi Arabia.”

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