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Ex-FBI Agent Admits He Signed Off on Reports on Bulger He Knew Were Inaccurate

Whitey Bulger

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

One thing for certain: The Whitey Bulger trial in Boston is not short on drama and interesting news.

On Friday, retired FBI agent John Morris testified that he signed off on several FBI reports about Bulger that were inaccurate or misleading, Reuters reports.

Morris has admitted taking cash from gangsters and tipping them off on investigations. He accepted crates of wine from Bulger and his associates while he was an agent.

Reuters reports:

Asked by defense attorney Henry Brennan whether he had “deceived” FBI headquarters with the documents, Morris – who received excellent performance reviews during his tenure at the bureau – said, “Yes.”

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James Comey Faces Tough Questions During Confirmation Battle During Confirmation Hearings

James Comey

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s nominee for FBI director, James Comey, faces a tough confirmation battle over a host of controversial issues facing the agency.

Comey, who served as deputy attorney general in President George W. Bush, is seeking Senate confirmation at a tough time for the FBI, reports The Hill. The Hill reports that hearing will start after Congress returns from its 4th of July recess.

Among the controversial topics expected to be addressed are miranda rights and enemy combatant status, the Boston bombing missteps, drones and eavesdropping.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hold hearings this week after the July 4 recess.

 

FBI Reduces Number of Agents Investigating Organized Crime

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI will continue to shed the number of agents assigned to fight the mafia as the demand for other threats increases, The New York Times reports.

For the third time in five years, the bureau will decrease its agents assigned to organized crime to about three dozens.

In the meantime, more agents are being assigned to newer threats such as cyber crimes and global terrorism, The Times said.

The FBI’s fight against the mafia has been largely successful.

But some worry the reductions in investigators will allow the weakened crime families a chance to reorganize, The Times wrote.

Jerry Capeci of Gang Land News has   been reporting on the reduced number of agents  working on mob cases.

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Reputed Mob Boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger Loses Temper During Murder, Racketeering Trial

 

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Reputed mob boss James “Whitey”  Bulger lost his cool in court for the second time in his three-week-old trial for murder and racketeering, The New York Times reports.

Bulger became agitated while one of the government witnesses, John Morris, a former FBI witness, was testifying about Bulger’s role as an FBI informant. Bulger used an expletive and called Morris a liar, according to The Times.

Bulger has sought to show he was not an informant during his alleged reign in Boston.

“Whether it’s the ego of the defendant or his reputation he wants to preserve that he was not an informant,” Fred Wyshak, the lead prosecutor, said. “it’s a ridiculous contention.”

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FBI Planted Informant Inside WikiLeaks for Information on the Secret-Revealing Group

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An Icelandic man is the first known FBI informant inside WikiLeaks, a secret-revealing website.

Wired.com reports that Sigurdur “Siggi” Thordarson was an informant for three months in 2011 when he worked for WikiLeaks and the FBI. Ticklethewire.com mistakenly printed that Julian Paul Assange was the informant.

He reportedly received $5,000 for his undercover work.

“It’s a sign that the FBI views WikiLeaks as a suspected criminal organization rather than a news organization,” says Stephen Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy. “WikiLeaks was something new, so I think the FBI had to make a choice at some point as to how to evaluate it: Is this The New York Times, or is this something else? And they clearly decided it was something else.”

Reputed Mob Boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Attorneys Grill Disgraced Ex-FBI Agent John Connolly

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Lawyers for accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger continued to hammer the FBI’s claims that Bulger secretly ratted out the Italian Mafia and other criminals, The Associated Press reports.

For the second straight day, Bulger attorney Hank Brennan continued to grill James Marra, a special agent in the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, in an attempt to invalidate a 700-page informant file on Bulger, who is accused of murder and racketeering while running the Winter Hill Gang. 

The defense claims that disgraced ex-FBI Agent John Connolly, who is in prison for helping Bulger during his alleged reign of terror, fabricated Bulger’s file to cover up his own misdeeds, The AP wrote.

FBI Investigates Cops Accused of Stealing Money from Suspects in Bank Robbery

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is trying to determine whether police stole cash from three suspects accused of robbing a King County credit union in California in March, the Monterey Herald reports.

The FBI confirmed to the Herald that agent are investigating “several police officers assigned to the King City Police Department regarding their handling of a bank robbery case.”

Chief Assistant District Attorney Terry Spitz said thousands of dollars was never returned.

“They believed all the money was turned in, but not all of it is there now,” he said.

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