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The White House released emails relating to the attack on the Benghazi consulate; they show revisions of talking points to delete references to al Qaeda, Islamic extremists, and FBI warnings. Seven people were caught trespassing at a reservoir that supplies water to Boston and 40 other communities. The trespassers, who are from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore, told police that their "education and career interests" drew them to the site. Checks on public water supplies across the state have been stepped up, and the FBI is investigating. Law enforcement officials are examining evidence in an unsolved Sept. 11, 2011 triple murder case that may be linked to Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
A judge handed down sentences to several Somali men associated with the al Qaeda-linked Shabaab. Yesterday Kamal Said Hassan, who participated in an ambush of Ethiopian troops, was sentenced to 10 years in prison; and Mahamud Said Omar, a key Shabaab recruiter, to 20 years in prison. Today Abdifatah Yusuf Isse and Salah Osman Ahmed, who attended a Shabab training camp, were each sentenced to three years in prison; Omer Abdi Mohamed, a Shabaab recruiter, to 12 years; and Ahmed Hussein Mahamud, who funded jihadist travel to Somalia, to three years. Three more people will be sentenced this week in related cases.
The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of Associated Press phone records in an investigation likely tied to the disclosure of a foiled al Qaeda plot in May 2012. Federal officials warned about a new wave of cyberattacks originating in the Middle East that are primarily targeting the administrative systems of major US energy companies; in a new development, the attacks appear designed for sabotage, not espionage.
White House documents show that the administration's talking points on the September 2012 Benghazi attack were revised 12 times and scrubbed of references to CIA warnings and the al Qaeda-linked Ansar al Sharia group that perpetrated the attack. The US penalized additional entities for violating Iran sanctions. Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was already a jihadist when he traveled to Russia in 2012, according to his cousin Magomed Kartashov, a leading Dagestani Salafist. Al Qaeda sympathizer Ahmed Abassi, who faces charges in a plot to bomb a passenger train, also had proposed poisoning US air and water.