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Ex-Head of Mass State Police Says Others in Boston FBI Should Have Gotten Nailed for Protecting Whitey Bulger

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The story about the Boston FBI cover up and coddling of thugs like James “Whitey” Bulger isn’t going to vanish any time soon, even though many years have passed.

The latest: Thomas J. Foley, the  former head of the Massachusetts State Police, who spent 20 years chasing Bulger,  has penned a book: “Most Wanted: Pursuing Whitey Bulger, The Murderous Mob Chief The FBI Secretly Protected.”

Foley says that rogue FBI agent John Connolly, Bulger’s handler, isn’t the only FBI agent who should have taken the fall for protecting Bulger, the Boston Herald reported. Connolly is serving 40 years in prison in Florida for his corrupt relationship with Bulger and fellow mobster Steve “The Rifelman” Flemmi.

“I know I’m going to take some flak on this thing, but it had to be told,” retired state police Col. Thomas J. Foley told the Boston Herald. “It happened. It’s totally backed up and that’s just the way it was.”

“Connolly deserved what he got, but he wasn’t the only one that should have got it,” Foley said.

Bulger was captured last year after being on the lam. He was wanted for 19 murders.

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Sen. Grassley Writes FBI Director; Concerned About Boston FBI’s Mobster Informant Mark Rossetti

Robert Mueller

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Shades of Boston mobster Whitey Bulger?

A letter from Sen. Charles Grassley to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III seems to suggest so.

If you recall, the Boston FBI caught hell for letting Bulger run wild and commit crimes while he acted as informant and snitched on his rivals back in the day. Bulger, who was captured in June,   is a suspect in 19 murders.

Now comes mobster Mark Rossetti, a “capo” and “acting consigliore” who worked as a confidential informant for the FBI all while committing his fair share of serious crimes. There are concerns by some inside and outside law enforcement that the FBI should have cut off Rossetti as an informant when it became clear how dangerous a criminal he was.

In a letter to Mueller, Grassley wrote:

“As a Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, I write to inquire about recent reports from the Boston area regarding the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) ties with alleged mafia “capo” and “acting consigliore” Mark Rossetti as a confidential informant and reports that the FBI misrepresented Mr. Rossetti’s status as an informant to the Massachusetts State Police.”

“Mr. Rossetti is currently under state indictment for a multitude of crimes including home invasions, heroin and marijuana trafficking, gambling, and loan sharking. Additionally Mr. Rossetti was convicted of armed robbery, beating a Massachusetts State Trooper nearly to death and was a suspect in multiple murders and the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum art heist, the largest in Boston history.”

“Despite all these alleged crimes and the claim that Mr. Rossetti was running a ‘sprawling criminal enterprise,’ it appears that the FBI may have engaged in a long-term relationship with Mr. Rossetti.

“In fact, as early as 1992, an FBI agent’s pager number was found on Mr. Rossetti and former Massachusetts State Detective Bill McGreal stated that an FBI agent declined to pursue a case against Mr. Rossetti saying, ‘we decided to pass on Rossetti” despite strong evidence from a cooperating witness.'”

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