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Report: Russia withheld information about Tamerlan Tsarnaev

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There's a new report focusing on how the Boston Marathon bombing could have been stopped. The New York Times reported the Russian government declined several times to provide the FBI with information about one of the bombing suspects two years before the attack last April.

As members of the Homeland Security Committee try to learn more about law enforcement's response to the marathon bombings, the Inspector General reportedly found that the Russians refused to give the FBI detailed info about Tamerlan Tsarnaev until after the bombing.

It said that's when authorities found out Moscow had intercepted a disturbing call between Tamerlan and his mother in which they discussed Islamic Jihad.

“This information would have been very valuable to us. I can’t say it would have prevented the bombing but I can say it likely would have given us an extra tool in our toolbox by which to upgrade our investigation,” 7News security expert and former head of the Boston FBI Rick DesLauriers said.

DesLauriers said he was interview for the intelligence review, but he didn’t had access to view the report.

Earlier at a Homeland Security committee hearing, members said they believed the FBI had plenty to go on, but didn't inform local or state police.

"We had all the information we failed to connect the dots and we failed to let the folks who were closer to the situation, let them know about the potential threats," Rep. Jeff Duncan from South Carolina said.

"We now know after a check of his public social media would’ve shown indicators, such as Jihadist video postings. His mosque had seen escalating behavior as well," Rep. Michael McCaul, Homeland Security Committee Chairman said.

Massachusetts Congressman, Bill Keating, and Boston's Former Police Commissioner want to push the FBI to be more open with police.

"There's going to be change coming. We're going to work on legislation," Keating said.

"The intent is really good but when you're dealing with such organizations over a period of time, sustaining changes is difficult," Davis said.

Another red flag, it was reported that Tsarnaev, when applying for citizenship in August of 2012, wanted to change his name to an Islamic extremist. Nobody was concerned about that at that time.

Lawmakers said now that they have this information, it's creating a clearer picture.

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