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Globe editors explain decision to name Bulger tipster

Say public interest outweighed any privacy concerns

Boston Globe editors said yesterday that they decided to identify the woman whose tip led to the capture of fugitive gangster James “Whitey’’ Bulger after concluding that the public interest served by publishing the full story of his arrest outweighed concerns for her privacy - and that she would not be put in danger.

In a front-page story published Sunday, the Globe named Anna Bjornsdottir, a native of Iceland who lived near Bulger in Santa Monica, Calif., as the anonymous tipster behind the FBI’s capture of Bulger in June. She received $2 million for the tip.

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