AP source: Probers didn't pass on early Hasan info

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Posted: Nov 11, 2009 7:54 PM

A law enforcement official says a terrorism task force did not refer early information about the Fort Hood shooting suspect to superiors because they concluded he wasn't linked to terrorism.

The official says a Defense Department worker and an FBI supervisor agreed to end the assessment of Nidal Malik Hasan earlier this year. Authorities had taken a look at Hasan after intercepting messages between the Army psychiatrist and a radical imam overseas.

The official says the FBI supervisor did not authorize that the information about Hasan be shared with other military authorities _ and the military investigator didn't ask for authorization _ because they didn't find evidence Hasan posed a threat.

The official didn't have authority to discuss the investigation publicly, so spoke anonymously.