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ID:

685

Date:

2013-08-04

Headline:

Exclusive: FBI allowed informants to commit 5,600 crimes

Reporter's name:

Brad Heath

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

USA Today

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

According to the 2011 “Federal Bureau of Investigation Annual Otherwise Illegal Activity Report,” the FBI was aware of – and authorized – the commission of 5,658 crimes by FBI informants, known as “Confidential Human Sources.” The crimes include drug-related activity, bribery, and robbery, though government rules reportedly prohibit violent crime.

Notes:

USA Today used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the report; an earlier FOIA request had been declined by the FBI as “unduly burdensome” to fulfill (http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/440950-fbi-confidential-informant-information-fbi.html#document/p1/a74645).

Keywords:

Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, crime, informant, "Confidential Human Sources", James "Whitey" Bulger, Department of Justice, DOJ, inspector general

URL:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/04/fbi-informant-crimes-report/2613305/


Agencies:

ATF
DEA
FBI

States:

DC
MA

Categories:

FBI
law enforcement


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