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April 30th, 2013
06:04 PM ET

Top intelligence official to review Boston

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will be digging on some tough questions of his own. President Barack Obama said Tuesday that Clapper would lead an investigation into the intelligence community’s handling of tips from a Russian intelligence agency to scrutinize Tsarnaev’s older brother.

“I think it’s so important that the DNI is now leading a review. We don’t know yet either whether the FBI should have reviewed it more of whether their protocols are too weak given the kind of threat we have now,” CNN National Security Analyst Juliette Kayyem said.

His review isn’t only important for the intelligence community, she said, but also because some lawmakers have stepped into the discussion of what the FBI and CIA should have done. Clapper is a “long-term intelligence guy with support from both sides of the Hill,” she said.

“Let’s not make this political because as you’ve seen, it’s becoming political now. There are questions for the FBI. Some people may know the answers, but we’ve seen this investigation going in all sorts of directions and I think we all look forward to the final review to see sort of how were those pieces put together,” Kayyem said.


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