The already flushed out social media profile of 19-year-old bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev expanded on Saturday morning when former friends revealed Dzhokhar's since-deleted Instagram account to CNN.
We don't know when the jmaister1 account was deleted, but it allegedly contained some of the mast revealing traces of the younger suspect's radicalization. According to CNN's research, he liked many Chechnia- related photos, including one of a former warlord and another with the hashtags #FreeChechenia #Jihad #Jannah #ALLAH #Jesus and #God attached. Traces of his account can still be seen in Google's cached results for the Instagram stat-tracking service Statigr.am.
What evidence the Instagram account will reveal is unclear. The company's terms of service say they will cooperate with any search warrants presented to them, but cautions they don't store all of their data for long periods of time. "Given the volume of real-time content on Instagram, some information may only be stored for a short period of time," the company warns. "We do not retain data for law enforcement purposes unless we receive a valid preservation request." The question that requires answering is what evidence of Dzhokhar's activity still exists on their servers.