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US MP: Icelandic Informer’s Life in Danger

Republican MP Dan Burton demands that an investigation is launched into an article published in the Boston Globe on Sunday where the identity of an Icelandic citizen, whose tip to the FBI led to the arrest of a wanted criminal, was revealed, stating her life is in danger.

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From Boston. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The FBI has refused to comment on whether they permitted the Boston Globe journalist, Shelley Murphy, to reveal the informant’s name and Burton demands in an interview in the Boston Herald that the person responsible for the leak is fired, visir.is reports.

Burton says he feels for the informant who will now have to watch out for her safety indefinitely; stating the Boston gang leader she identified, James “Whitney” Bulgers who is suspected of 19 murders, still has friends in the underworld he might send after her.

Another American MP, Stephen Lynch, agrees with Burton that an investigation is needed; arguing that the leak will have a negative impact on witness cooperation as people will now be more reluctant to aid police authorities in tracking down wanted criminals.

Even though the FBI has been unwilling to comment on the case, the spokesperson of Carmen Ortiz, the DA responsible for Bulgers’s prosecution, stated that both the DA’s office and the FBI had made it clear from the beginning that the identity of the informer should remain confidential.

This is at odds with Murphy’s words, who claimed in a conversation with visir.is on Tuesday that she had contacted the FBI and DA and been informed that the person who identified Bulgers was not in danger. The paper therefore decided to reveal her name.

She also stated that she had repeatedly tried to contact the informant for her approval but in vain; Murphy last sent her an email on Friday asking whether she had anything against her name being published in the paper in connection with this case, but didn’t receive an answer, visir.is reports.

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