Russia had wiretap on bomb suspect

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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say Russian authorities have shared with Washington details of a secretly recorded telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother.

In another conversation, officials say, the mother of now-dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing case.

They say the Russians shared this intelligence with the U.S. in the past few days.

The conversations are significant because, had they been revealed earlier, there might have been enough evidence for the FBI to initiate a more thorough investigation of the Boston bombing suspects' family.

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