WASHINGTON — A new congressional report provides one of the most detailed chronologies yet available of the agonizing failures to connect all the dots in the months before the Boston Marathon bombings, but it stops short of laying blame for the missed opportunities to scrutinize Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s activities.
The report, conducted by the House Committee on Homeland Security, does not outright blame the FBI or CIA for potential security lapses and it does not conclude that the bombings would have been prevented, according to two officials familiar with its contents.
It highlights the ways intelligence agencies missed an opportunity to detain Tsarnaev less than a year before he allegedly planned the attack, when he returned from a trip to Dagestan in July 2012.
It also says that Tsarnaev “was likely inspired by the global jihadist ideology,” according to the two people familiar with its contents, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The House committee report — which was in the process of being declassified earlier this week — is based on information gathered from congressional trips to Russia and Boston, several public and private hearings, and other interviews. It is expected to be released later this week, followed by a public hearing in early April.
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