The FBI allowed its informants to break the law at least 5,939 times last year, a 5 percent jump from 2011, according to a newly disclosed document.
In a Jan. 14, 2013, letter to Justice Department officials, obtained by The Huffington Post through a Freedom of Information Act request, FBI officials disclosed that its 56 field offices authorized informants to break the law at least 5,939 times during the 2012 calendar year.
The breakdown of how many crimes were authorized by each individual FBI field office were redacted from the 2012 report, which is known as the Otherwise Illegal Activity Report.
The FBI’s fellow federal law enforcement agencies — the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — do not track how often their sources commit crimes.
FBI Informant Authorized Crimes 2011 *2012 document has not been published