Tsarnaev on Two Terrorist Watch Lists

    WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 20: People lock arms and hold hands during a candlelight vigil for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing at Victory Park on April 20, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    Vigil for bombing victims in Watertown, Mass. on Saturday. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty)

    Tamerlan Tsarnaev was on not only the FBI’s terrorist watch list, but also the CIA’s—and both agencies were acting on tips from Russian authorities, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Six months after the FBI cleared Tamerlan in 2011, Russian authorities reached out to the CIA to request that it investigate him as well. The CIA’s conclusion looked much like the FBI’s: no suspicious information and no ties to extremists. As a precaution, the CIA asked the National Counterterrorism Center to add Tsarnaev’s name to the database, which contains about 700,000 names. The FBI added him to its list as well, alerting the State Department and Homeland Security to the threat. Despite the dual investigations, U.S. officials say they uncovered no signs of terrorist activity.

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