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FBI Informant Faked Whitey Bulger File, Defense Says

June 28, 2013

Mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's defense team told the judge yesterday they plan to claim that rotten ex-FBI Agent John "Zip" Connolly "fabricated" his damning 700-page informant file, saying that hours of testimony by Connolly's corrupted ex-FBI boss John Morris about his years as Bulger's sychophant played into their hands.

"The guy was on the take!" exclaimed attorney J.W. Carney Jr., of Morris.

Bulger, 83, meanwhile, was chastised by U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper for calling Morris "a (expletive) liar" earlier in the day.

Carney announced after the jury was excused that he and co-counsel Hank Brennan will claim Bulger's FBI handler, convicted murderer Connolly, concocted the informant file as cover for the close, corrupt relationship he and Morris had with Bulger and Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi.

"Mr. Bulger was not providing information," Carney said. "He was providing money so he'd get tipped off to wiretaps, informants, indictments that were coming. ... The defendant's theory, in a nutshell, was illustrated perfectly by the witness (Morris) on the stand. Mr. Morris made it totally clear he was tot-- ally corrupt when it came to James Bulger and Stephen Flemmi."

Morris, 67, now a grandfather working as a wine consultant and volunteering at a food pantry, retired from the FBI in Dec-ember 1995 after Bulger went on the lam.

He received immunity from prosecution for admitting he took $7,000 in bribes from Bulger, looked the other way when Connolly lied for them, and fed them sensitive information that got two men killed in 1982 -- Brian Halloran and Michael Donahue.

"I was completely trapped," the former organized crime squad supervisor said. "I was in so far I knew I couldn't get out of it."

Bulger wanted only one thing in return.

"A heads-up," Morris testified Connolly told him one night in Morris' Lexington kitchen, during one of the quartet's many social get-togethers.

But the defense will seek to show Connolly built Bulger's file by stealing other agents' stories and rifling through other informants' files, using their reports and the information they gave up as the templates for his lies.

Exasperated Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Wyshak Jr. responded, "The fact of the matter is life is not that simple."

Donahue's son Tommy said later, "You kind of don't know what to believe.

"The cover-ups of murders, falsified documents ... To hear Morris telling how he got my father killed like it was noth-- ing ... it made me sick to my stomach."

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