The latest Boston Globe article related to the Boston marathon bombings is focused on the FBI’s lack of transparency on the May 22 death of Ibragim Todashev as compared with other recent cases where it has killed people. Be that as it may, however, BG still chooses to repeat the claim of the Sources Familiar With The Investigation that Todashev was on the point of signing a confession implicating himself and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the 2011 murders of three people in Waltham, Mass. In this it follows other, less responsible MSM.

But there are two things wrong with the SFWTI claim. First, according to both Todashev’s friend Khusen Taramov and his widow Reni Manukyan the several days of FBI questioning of the three of them prior to that last fateful encounter were entirely about the marathon bombing: the Waltham murders never came up. (Manukyan in fact says that the FBI first broached that subject to her when they informed her that her husband was dead, admonishing her that it was time to tell them whatever she knew about those murders.) Second, Manukyan says that Todashev was with her in Atlanta at the time of the Walton murders (a claim that the MSM never mention in their coverage of the story).

From the latter point I infer that Todashev was indeed not involved in the Waltham murders. As to the rest of the problem my hypothesis is as follows.

After leading Todashev to believe that this would be his last interview on the subject of the Boston bombings, after which he could go visit his family in Russia as he had planned to do, the FBI suddenly introduced the Waltham matter to him. Namely, the agent expected him to sign a confession of his and Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s involvement, threatening him with some undesirable consequence if he did not do so. (As to what that consequence might be, my guess would be harm to his family, but it’s just a guess.) He initially agreed, but then his temper got the better of him over being coerced into this false confession, and he lashed out in some manner similar to what the SFWTI have alleged (without telling us the context), giving the agent occasion to shoot him.

It follows that the FBI is fully aware that Todashev and, presumably, Tamerlan Tsarnaev had nothing to do with the Waltham murders, and is lying. That it has even admitted lying for the sake of “national security” was pointed out a couple of days ago by Russ Baker. It is easy to believe that the FBI deems it necessary for this so-called security to convict Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the marathon bombings. But as previous posts in this series have pointed out (in particular, here), the criminal case against him is not as strong as the MSM have portrayed it. Therefore further measures were needed in order to shore up the public image of the Tsarnaevs as evil.

Tawdry, but not really out of character for the heirs of J. Edgar.