Exclusive: Police probe possible links between terrorism suspect and Boston
By Tim McLaughlin
BOSTON | Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:28am EDT
(Reuters) - A Boston-area man accused of threatening to blow up an airplane
allegedly had all the materials needed to build a pressure-cooker bomb
before this kind of weapon was used in the Boston Marathon attack in April,
according to comments made by the man's mother in a recently unsealed police
While investigators working with the FBI are looking to see if there are any
links between the two cases, they have drawn no conclusions, according to
two law enforcement sources. Prosecutors and the FBI declined to comment.
The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force said it is investigating 27-year-old
Daniel Morley after police in the small town of Topsfield, Massachusetts
found a cache of weapons and bomb-making materials in his home on June 9.
According to a police affidavit dated June 19, Morley told his mother that
his best friend had bragged about knowing Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two
Chechen brothers suspected of detonating pressure-cooker bombs at the Boston
Marathon finish line on April 15. Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with
police after the attack.
No one else has been charged in the Topsfield case, a spokeswoman for the
Essex County District Attorney said.
The 25-page police affidavit details the allegations that served as the
basis for the criminal charges against Morley. He is accused of assaulting
his mother and her boyfriend and making a threat to hijack an airplane or
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