I alerted FBI about Tsarnaev-friend Kadyrbayev 2 weeks ago, got a ho-hum response

Imagine my surprise hearing CNN talk today about how one of the three friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, arrested today by the FBI, was Dias Kadyrbayev.

I had called the FBI, early in the morning on Friday, April 19, about Kadyrbayev. It was the morning they had released Tsarnaev’s name to the public, nearly two weeks ago.  I was passed to the FBI task force in Boston, and after I’d explained what I’d found to an agent, I was told that the information wasn’t as important as they thought, and they were triaging all info. He urged me to call back to the main FBI hotline, that I had already spent ten minutes explaining the story to, and I just let it go.  I wasn’t going to explain the details of what I’d uncovered to a third FBI agent, when none of them seemed to entirely understand what I’d found, or how the Internet worked.

According to HuffPo, Kadyrbayev was detained April 20th, after being questioned by the authorities.

What I’d found that morning were two things.  First, a Russian Facebook-style profile for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Suspect #2, which seemed to confirm his ties to Chechnya and interest in Islam.  But I also found the page of one of his friends, Dias Kadyrbayev. And I found some things on the page that struck me as odd.

Below are Tsarnaev’s and Kadyrbayev’s pages, that I just copied again (I have the originals on my home computer in DC):

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Russian social media page.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Russian social media page.

Dias Kadyrbayev's Russian social media page.

Dias Kadyrbayev’s Russian social media page.

Kadyrbayev’s page had a lot of photos of him with Dzhokhar and other friends.

But the most suspicious thing I found was that according to the time stamp on Dzhokhar’s page – the service lets you see when the person last checked in – Dzhokhar had checked in at 9:04pm the night before, two days after the bombing and only hours before the night of carnage that began at MIT. Oddly, Kadyrbayev had checked in at Kadyrbayev’s own profile only a few minutes later.  It made me wonder if they’d be in touch, and while I was going to suggest so publicly, I was most certainly going to pass the tip along to the FBI.

Shortly thereafter, Kadyrbayev removed Dzhokhar’s name from the photos he had on his own page.  This is the photo he removed the name from:


I’m glad that the FBI interviewed Kadyrbayev, but I’m still a bit annoyed that when I passed to the agent in Boston, and told my story for a second time, that he not only triaged the information, but then told me to call the FBI again to re-explain what I hade already explained to two different people – suggesting that he was not going to be passing his notes along, which should have been suspicious.

Anyway, I just heard the news that Kadyrbayev was one of the friends arrested today for lying to the FBI, and I just had to weigh in.

Here are a few of the other photos of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that I found on Dias’ site – at the time I deleted the other faces in the photos, including Dias’, to protect them:

suspect-2-1 suspect-2-3

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