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Chicago FBI Agent Closer to Publishing Book Critical of Agency’s Investigations of Islamic Groups

chicagomapIt’s not good when a federal judge, as in this case, refers to the FBI’s efforts as censoring. The publicity from the book will be bad for the FBI, but so will its efforts to try and keep the agent from publishing it.

By Todd Lighty
Chicago Tribune

A Chicago-based FBI agent has moved a step closer to publishing a book that he says reveals how the bureau mishandled investigations in the 1990s into fundraising by Hamas and other militant Islamic groups.

Agent Robert G. Wright Jr. has been battling his bosses in court for seven years to be allowed to publish his book critical of the FBI’s ability to protect the United States from terrorists. The bureau has challenged Wright’s efforts to go public with his story, arguing at different times that publication would reveal law-enforcement secrets or interfere with investigations.

But a federal judge in the District of Columbia last week rejected nearly every FBI argument to stop release of Wright’s 500-page manuscript, “Fatal Betrayals.”

“This is a sad and discouraging tale about the determined efforts of the FBI to censor various portions” of Wright’s manuscript, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler wrote.

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