FBI denies it wanted marathon suspect as informant

Dzkokhar Tsarnaev

BOSTON (AP) — The FBI has denied a claim made by lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that his brother and fellow suspect was asked by the FBI to be an informant.

The Boston FBI office declined to comment on claims made in a court filing Friday. But the agency cited a statement it released in October in which it said the Tsarnaev brothers were never sources for the FBI, “nor did the FBI attempt to recruit them as sources.”

Dzhokhar’s lawyers say they want records of all FBI contact with Tamerlan based on information from the Tsarnaev family and others that the FBI asked Tamerlan to be an informant on the Chechen and Muslim community.

Twin explosions at last year’s marathon killed three people. Tamerlan died in a shootout with police.

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