6:05 a.m. EDT August 4, 2013
Exclusive: FBI allowed informants to commit 5,600 crimes
"USA TODAY exclusive: New documents show FBI agents gave their informants permission to break the law thousands of times in 2011.
>FBI agents gave confidential informants permission to break the law 5,600 times in 2011
>New documents offer the first public view of how often FBI sources are allowed to break the law
>Rules were tightened after the FBI said it used accused mobster James "Whitey" Bulger as an informant
WASHINGTON — The FBI gave its informants permission to break the law at least 5,658 times in a single year, according to newly disclosed documents that show just how often the nation's top law enforcement agency enlists criminals to help it battle crime."