The Saudi government says that it warned the US Department of Homeland Security about Tamerlan Tsarnaev and three Pakistani radicals by letter in 2012, according to the Daily Mail. The Saudi warning was specific and warned that “something is going to happen in a major US city.” The Saudis also say that they denied Tsarnaev entry to Mecca in 2011. The three Pakistanis were reportedly of interest to the British government, which was also warned by the Saudis.
The Saudi government is now the second foreign government that evidently knew more about Tamarlan Tsarnaev than the US government. The Russians had also warned the Obama government about Tsarnaev.
Officially, Homeland Security denies ever hearing from the Saudis about the Boston bomber.
A DHS official denied, however, that the agency received any such warning from Saudi intelligence about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
‘DHS has no knowledge of any communication from the Saudi government regarding information on the suspects in the Boston Marathon Bombing prior to the attack,’ MailOnline learned from one Homeland Security official who declined to be named in this report.
The White House took a similar view. ‘We and other relevant U.S. government agencies have no record of such a letter being received,’ said Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson for the president’s National Security Council.
But unofficially…it happened.
A Homeland Security official confirmed Tuesday evening on the condition of anonymity that the 2012 letter exists, saying he had heard of the Saudi communication before MailOnline inquired about it.
So the government that classifies the terrorist attack at Ft. Hood as “workplace violence” and which blamed the terrorist attack at Benghazi on a YouTube movie and has been accused of threatening whistleblowers ever since, is now lying about receiving warning ahead of another terrorist attack. There appears to be a pattern here.