May 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The unauthorized disclosure of a counter-terrorism operation in Yemen last year compromised an exceedingly rare and valuable espionage achievement: an informant who had earned the trust of hardened terrorists, according to U.S. officials. His information was said to have led to the U.S. drone strike that killed a senior Al Qaeda leader, Fahd Mohammed Ahmed Quso, on May 6, 2012. U.S. officials say Quso had helped direct the terrorist attack on the Cole, a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer, in a Yemeni harbor in October 2000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2013 |
Prosecutors are considering whether to file criminal charges against a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy accused of assaulting an inmate who was helping federal authorities investigate a suspected international drug trafficker, according to records and interviews. The inmate accused Deputy Michael Camacho of targeting him, at least in part, because he was cooperating with detectives as an informant, internal records show. The records indicate that in July, the inmate told his sheriff's handlers that Camacho punched him in his torso and ribs.
September 13, 2009 |
Mark Whitacre is, according to one biographer, the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower ever. The former Archer Daniels Midland divisional president helped expose his company's involvement in an international price-fixing conspiracy that, as actor Matt Damon puts it, "robbed everyone in America and around the world, jacking up the price of everything in their kitchen cupboard." So when Damon and director Steven Soderbergh finally got to make "The Informant!" -- based on Kurt Eichenwald's chronicle of the case -- they naturally went for, well, laughs.
May 2, 2012 |
As the case of five men charged with plotting to blow up a Cleveland-area bridge goes forward, one of the key questions will revolve around the role of the FBI's confidential informant in the case. That informant was at the center of discussions and, according to at least one defense lawyer, may have been too active. The five men are scheduled to appear in federal court Monday for a hearing on charges including conspiracy and trying to bomb property used in interstate commerce.
February 21, 2010 |
The Informant! Warner, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99 Boundary-pushing director Steven Soderbergh temporarily abandons his cinematic experiments (sort of) for the rollicking corporate intrigue comedy "The Informant!," which stars Matt Damon as real-life whistle-blower Mark Whitacre. Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns use a funny Damon voice-over to help explain the ins and outs of price fixing and FBI stings, while also exploiting the viewer's natural sympathy with Damon to do a clever bit of sleight-of-hand with the plot.
September 27, 2011 |
An FBI/DEA confidential informant helped smuggle firearms from the ATF's Fast and Furious gun-trafficking surveillance operation to drug cartels in Mexico, according to evidence compiled by congressional investigators. The investigators said the informant obtained the weapons from Manuel Celis-Acosta, considered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to be the "biggest fish" of 20 individuals indicted in Fast and Furious. At the same time the informant was receiving large amounts of "official law enforcement funds as payment" for his services, they said.