The U.K. Daily Mail recently claimed that a senior Saudi government official revealed to its sources that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had sent a written warning to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2012 about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the suspects accused in the Boston Marathon bombing. But now, the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington, D.C. is denying the Saudi government warned the United States about Tsarnaev, the Daily Mail reports.
The Blaze’s Billy Hallowell summarized the original article’s claim:
This information was allegedly separate from warnings that Russia sounded and was apparently predicated upon intelligence that was collected in Yemen, Daily Mail reports. In addition to sending the warning to America, the Saudi government also denied an entry visa to Tsarnaev in Dec. 2011 when he purportedly sought to take the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the individual claimed. This is the first time that alleged plans to visit Islam’s most holy city have been divulged.
In a statement Wednesday, the Saudi government denied that.
“The Saudi government had no prior information about the Boston bombers. Therefore, it is not true that any information, written or otherwise, was passed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or any other US agency in this regard,” a statement issued by the embassy reads. “The Saudi government also does not have any record of any application by Tamerlan Tsarnaev for any visa to Saudi Arabia.”
It has already been established that the Russian government warned the United States, but it would certainly be news if Saudi Arabia was sounding the alarm.
The “highly placed” official reportedly told the Daily News that the Saudi government was “very specific” that “something was going to happen in a major U.S. city,” though no details about Boston were mentioned.
But a DHS official also denied the report.
“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,” an official who declined to be named told MailOnline.
Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson for President Obama’s National Security Council, reiterated: “We and other relevant U.S. government agencies have no record of such a letter being received.”
(H/T: Daily Mail)