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FBI had mole inside ABC News

• Center for Public Integrity

A once-classified FBI memo reveals that the bureau treated a senior ABC News journalist as a potential confidential informant in the 1990s, pumping the reporter to ascertain the source of a sensational but uncorroborated tip that the network had obtained during its early coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing.

The journalist, whose name is not disclosed in the document labeled “secret,” not only cooperated but provided the identity of a confidential source, according to the FBI memo — a possible breach of journalistic ethics if he or she did not have the source’s permission.


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Comment by Chip Saunders
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 Seeing as how the FBI and ATF were equally guilty of allowing the event to happen in the first place, employing the mole was undoubtedly an effort to keep their culpability from coming to light. No surprise there. I'm more curious about what jam the reporter got into that the FBI used to flip them.

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