A Justice Department agent testified Tuesday that James “Whitey” Bulger never signed any documents acknowledging he was an FBI informant, as the defense attempted to challenge the authenticity of a hefty file detailing the gangster’s cooperation against friends and rivals.
“Can you confirm firsthand whether [Bulger] gave any of that information?” defense lawyer Henry Brennan asked the agent, who has spent several days presenting reports from Bulger’s file at Bulger’s racketeering trial in US District Court in Boston.
“No,” said James Marra, an agent with the inspector general’s office who reviewed the file while investigating allegations that former FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr. leaked information to Bulger that resulted in the slayings of several FBI informants and a potential witness.
The file contains hundreds of reports indicating that Bulger fed the FBI information about Mafia rivals, Charlestown drug dealers, South Boston friends, and members of his own gang from 1975 to 1990, Marra said.
The bulk of the reports were authored by Connolly, who is now serving a 40-year prison term for murder, while the remainder came from supervisors and a former head of the FBI’s Boston office who personally met with the gangster.
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