FBI wanted Boston bomb suspect 'to be informant'
March 30, 2014, 12:03 am TWN
NEW YORK--The defense for accused Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say the FBI approached his brother and fellow suspect Tamerlan about becoming an informant on the Chechen and Muslim community.
In court filings Friday, lawyers for Dzhokhar demanded that all information about alleged FBI contacts be made available for the court.
"We seek this information based on our belief that these contacts were among the precipitating events for Tamerlan's actions during the week of April 15, 2014, and thus material to the defense case in mitigation," the filings say.
The FBI "questioned Tamerlan about his Internet searches, and asked him to be an informant, reporting on the Chechen and Muslim community.
"We further have reason to believe that Tamerlan misinterpreted the visits and discussions with the FBI as pressure and that they amounted to a stressor that increased his paranoia and distress."
In October the FBI said in a statement that "the Tsarnaev brothers were never sources for the FBI nor did the FBI attempt to recruit them as sources."