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Trump Embraces Controversial FBI Spy Theory

Allegations of informant inside campaign being used to discredit Mueller investigation

(Newser) - It's something Trump has said would be "bigger than Watergate" and the "all time biggest political scandal" ever if it pans out to be true. What he's referring to: a report in the New York Times this week that the FBI planted an informant to spy... More »

'Jared Fogle Is a Monster': FBI Informant

Rochelle Herman-Walrond spent 4 years secretly recording Fogle for FBI

(Newser) - "I'm numb and I'm shocked. I'm relieved most of all," says the Florida woman who secretly recorded Jared Fogle for the FBI for four years, building up evidence that led to charges that will send the ex-Subway pitchman to prison . Per WWSB , Rochelle Herman-Walrond, IDed... More »

One of FBI's 'Most Valuable, Vilified' Informants Speaks

Emad Salem comes out of hiding

(Newser) - As an undercover informant for the FBI in the early '90s, Emad Salem infiltrated the terrorist cell behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, ultimately becoming head of security for Omar Abdel Rahman, the "blind sheik." In 1995, his testimony led to the convictions of Abdel Rahman... More »

Al Sharpton Spied on Mob for FBI: Docs

Sharpton calls report 'crazy'

(Newser) - Al Sharpton is vigorously denying a report that he was once an FBI informant spying on the Genovese and Gambino crime families. The Smoking Gun yesterday published a major investigative piece based on hundreds of pages of FBI documents obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests that reveal that Sharpton,... 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 »

FBI Nabs 18 Sheriff's Deputies for Jail Abuse

Jailers allegedly caught and grilled federal informant

(Newser) - The FBI is arresting 18 former and current LA county sheriff's deputies today following a 2-year investigation into abuse and corruption at Los Angeles County jails, NBC News reports. According to a criminal complaint and four grand jury indictments, officers beat and held inmates without justification, and conspired to... More »

FBI OKed Over 5K Crimes by Informants in 1 Year

2011 report says agency approved 5,658 'otherwise illegal' activities

(Newser) - Whitey Bulger wasn't the only FBI informant whose criminal activity the agency turned a blind eye to: USA Today has its hands on the FBI's 2011 "otherwise illegal activity report," a tally it sends to the Justice Department every year reporting the number of crimes it... 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 »

Informant: I Bribed FBI Agent With Cash, Cars, Shoes

Man indicted in Atlanta rapper murder says payoffs didn't help him

(Newser) - A former Russian mobster and FBI informant indicted in the murder of Atlanta rapper Lil Phat says his FBI handler asked for and got bribes during the time he was under investigation for the killing. His lawyer also says that despite gifting the agent with $3,500 in cash, as... More »

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