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After a Few Days of Texting With 'Josh' He Was Dead

The 'Inlander'digs into the death of 19-year-old Isaiah Wall

(Newser) - Isaiah Wall's phone kept ringing. The 19-year-old eventually picked up, and found the Idaho State Police on the other end. Best friend Chris Anderson recounts what happened next to the Pacific Northwest Inlander : The caller said police knew Wall's green Mustang had been in a hit-and run; Wall... More »

Mob Informant Trades Witness Protection for $100M

A man called The General earned a wealthy widow's trust

(Newser) - A man called The General—though he's gone by other names—carries at least five cellphones at all times and always has an eye out for hidden enemies. And in 2010 at a McDonald's in New York, he became $100 million richer. DNAinfo has the improbable story of... More »

He Sold $80 of Pot, Turned Informant, Ended Up Dead

Now Andrew Sadek's family is suing

(Newser) - Six weeks after Andrew Sadek was last seen leaving his North Dakota State College of Science dorm in May 2014, his body turned up in the Red River. He'd been shot in the head. The 20-year-old was attending college on an electrician's scholarship and was just weeks shy... More »

Big Reveal: FBI Had Mole Who Met bin Laden—in 1993

He then died on a CIA mission

(Newser) - The FBI once had a mole so deep within al-Qaeda that he met with Osama bin Laden and provided the intelligence necessary to thwart his planned attack on a Masonic Lodge in LA, new investigative reports from the Washington Times and NBC News have revealed. The informant started out as... More »

Drug Lord Snitches: US Stiffed Us on Reward Money

'Snitches' tell the 'Guardian' they're still waiting for cash

(Newser) - In 2004, Diego León Montoya Sánchez, at the time the leader of Colombia's most powerful drug cartel, was second only to Osama bin Laden on the list of America's most wanted. Three years later, a member of his inner circle who goes by "Tito" decided... More »

Top WikiLeaks Volunteer Was FBI Informant

Sigurdur "Siggy" Thordarson sold out Assange for $5K

(Newser) - One of Julian Assange's key volunteers doubled as an informant for the FBI, he tells Wired . In August 2011, Sigurdur "Siggi" Thordarson, 18, sent an email to the US embassy in Iceland promising "intel"; the next day, he walked into the embassy building, flashed Assange's passport,... More »

Judge to Mobster: You Had No 'License to Kill'

Whitey Bulger didn't have 'immunity for future crimes'

(Newser) - Sorry, Whitey: Being a snitch doesn't allow you to commit murder. That's how a federal judge ruled today in the case of Whitey Bulger, a former Boston gang-leader who was arrested in California in 2011 and accused of taking part in 19 murders , reports the AP . Bulger claims... More »

Feds: Whitey Bulger's Immunity Claims 'Absurd'

Mobster says feds gave him carte blanche in the '70s

(Newser) - Prosecutors are rolling their eyes over Whitey Bulger's assertions that authorities gave him permanent immunity from all prosecution for his work as an informant in the 1970s. In court documents filed on Friday, prosecutors called those claims "absurd" and "frivolous," and asked a judge to insist... More »

Drug Lords Targeted by ATF Were Working for FBI

Yet more Fast and Furious bungling revealed

(Newser) - The investigation into the ATF's ill-fated "Fast and Furious" gun-trafficking operation has been going on for months, and it keeps uncovering new layers of screw-ups. Newly released records show that the operation could have been wrapped up much earlier—without leaving hundreds of illegal guns in the hands... More »

Mexican Drug Cartels Stacked With US Informants

That's how Manssor Arbabsiar was nabbed

(Newser) - The US first caught wind of Iran’s alleged plan to assassinate a Saudi diplomat when Manssor Arbabsiar contacted Mexico’s Zeta cartel to do the deed—and wound up talking to a DEA agent. But that DEA agent wasn’t specifically targeting Arbabsiar—he was just one of several... More »

Was CBS Bureau Chief an FBI Informant?

Chris Isham denies being snitch at time of Oklahoma City bombing

(Newser) - It's a game of was he or wasn't he: An unnamed ABC News journalist was listed as an FBI informant at the time of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, according to a now-declassified memo unearthed by the Center for Public Integrity . And Gawker has tracked down his name: Chris... More »

CIA Ignored Warning of Bomber at Base

Double agent killed 7 agency workers in Afghanistan last year

(Newser) - Another case of ignored intelligence, this time with deadly consequences for seven CIA employees. Weeks before a supposed al-Qaeda informant detonated a suicide vest inside an American base in Khost, Afghanistan, the agency had been tipped off that he was a double agent plotting a trap, reports the New York ... More »

Ernest Withers Informed on Martin Luther King to FBI

Famed civil rights photographer a spy

(Newser) - Ernest Withers, the famed “original civil rights photographer” and close confidant of Martin Luther King, was secretly a paid FBI informant, cluing the government in on all the Civil Rights Movement’s activities, according to a two-year investigation from the Memphis Commercial Appeal . Withers tailed King for the feds... More »

NYC Terror Suspect to Take Plea Deal

Najibullah Zazi volunteers information in exchange for leniency

(Newser) - Najibullah Zazi, the key suspect in an alleged plot to attack New York City with homemade bombs, has begun cooperating with investigators and is preparing for a possible plea deal, according to two law enforcement officials. The guilty plea could come as early as today. As part of the deal,... More »

Real Life 'Goodfella' Arrested

Mob informant Henry Hill gets drunk showing his artwork

(Newser) - Henry Hill, the mobster-turned-informant who inspired the movie Goodfellas, has been arrested for a drunken incident at an Illinois hotel. Hill has been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, and is free in lieu of $1,000 bail. Hill, in the town of Fairview Heights for a showing of... More »

Informant: Italian Mafia Sank Ship Carrying Nuke Waste

Authorities have pinpointed ship, but haven't confirmed contents

(Newser) - Italian authorities are investigating an informant’s claim that the mafia sank a ship containing nuclear waste off the country’s southwest coast, the BBC reports. Underwater cameras show the ship intact, with barrels nearby marked as containing toxic contents; the informant says that organized crime has gotten into the... More »

Accused Bronx Bombers' Gals Cry 'Entrapment'

They say informant plied 'sensitive' men with drugs, rent money

(Newser) - The girlfriends of two accused synagogue bomb plotters say their beaus were duped by an overeager informant, the New York Daily News reports. "David is the most sensitive man I've ever met," said Cassandra McCoy of her Bronx boyfriend, David Williams. "He has three leatherbound books of... More »

Federal Informer Was Behind Massive Credit Card Theft

Multinational gang stole 45M credit card numbers from US retailers

(Newser) - Federal agents struggling to crack the biggest data-theft ring in history discovered that one of their own informants was orchestrating the syndicate's US operations, the New York Times reports. The supposedly reformed hacker had turned Secret Service informant to escape a prison sentence in 2003 but secretly continued his criminal... More »

Chavez Takes Over Intelligence Agencies

Extends domestic spying and requires citizens to be informers

(Newser) - Hugo Chavez has ordered a draconian restructuring of Venezuela’s intelligence agencies, bringing them under his personal control, increasing domestic spying powers, and levying prison sentences on citizens who decline to cooperate, the New York Times reports. One justice on Venezuela’s top court expressed outrage, calling it “a... More »

Second Mistrial Declared in Sears Tower Terror Case

'Enough is enough,' says defense attorney

(Newser) - A federal judge called a second mistrial today in the case of six men who allegedly conspired with al-Qaeda to blow up the Sears Tower. After 13 days of deliberation, the jury was finally released, unconvinced the defendants were serious about terrorism. “Enough is enough,” said the defense... More »

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