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Napolitano: FBI wants to talk to individuals in finish-line video

April 18, 2013|By Brian Bennett | This post has been updated. See note below for details.

WASHINGTON -- The FBI would like to interview individuals identified in video taken at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a House panel on Thursday.

“There is some video that has raised the question of those that the FBI would like to speak with," Napolitano said, adding that she wouldn’t characterize the individuals “as suspects under the technical term.” [Updated, 9:54 a.m. PDT: This post has been updated with Napolitano's full quote.]

“We need the public’s help in locating these individuals,” Napolitano said.

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The FBI is considering whether or not to release still images of the individuals, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss deliberations in an ongoing investigation.

Napolitano said that the investigation is continuing “apace” and will proceed in a methodical way. Investigators are poring over massive amounts of video, still images and data, she said.

“This is not an 'NCIS' episode,” she said. “Sometimes you have to take the time to properly put the chain together to identify the perpetrators,” she said.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), after being briefed on the status of the investigation in Boston,  said that video footage and the forensic analysis of the bomb fragments “are probably some of the best evidence we have right now.”

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brian.bennett@latimes.com

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