Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Twitter account and VK Russian social networking profile
have drawn heavy public scrutiny, but he left another, more hidden social
media trail: a deleted Instagram account that sources close to him tell CNN
once belonged to the accused Boston bomber.
The Instagram account, with the user name "jmaister1," no longer exists, and
friends of Tsarnaev say it was deleted only recently. An Instagram spokesman
declined to comment on the account or disclose when the account was deleted.
CNN National Security Analyst Juliette Kayyem says the account could be
"If I were an investigator right now, obviously the platform he deleted
matters the most," she said.
Traces of the jmaister1 account were still visible this week in Google's Web
cache and on other archiving sites. Digital sleuths often use those tools to
find glimpses of deleted material.
"It's exactly like an archive," tech entrepreneur and programmer Sam Altman
explained to CNN. "So no matter what changes were made to the page today, on
the current server, Google has this sort of imprint from a couple of weeks
Tsarnaev's complete account could not be recovered with those tools. Google's
cache stores the pages it indexes for variable ...