Report: Saudi Arabia warned U.S. about Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2012 letter

SAUDI ARABIA - The Saudi Arabian government claims they warned the United States about accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, according to an exclusive report with the Daily Mail.

The Saudi government official said the U.S. Government and the British government were told that Tamerlan in particular was a threat in a "government-to-government" letter.

The document, which was reportedly sent to a Department of Homeland Security official at the highest level, also warned that something was going to happen in a major U.S. city.

Tamerlan, 26, was killed in a confrontation with Watertown police days after he and his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar, were believed to have set off pressure cooker bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring hundreds in April.  

The report claims that the Saudi government developed their intelligence separately from Russia, who raised concerns over Tamerlan in 2011.

Saudi Arabia says their government denied Tamerlan a visa in 2011 for a pilgrimage to Mecca.

A Department of Homeland Security official denies that the agency received a warning from Saudi officials about Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The White House concurred, saying the have no record of such a document.

However, The Daily Mail reports that a White House official speaking under the condition of anonymity confirms that the letter does exist.  

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