Globe Gets Reprimanded by FBI for Identifying Whitey Bulger's Tipster

Globe Gets Reprimanded by FBI for Identifying Whitey Bulger’s Tipster. After the Globe published the identity of the woman who ultimately led the feds to Santa Monica, critics admonished the editorial decision — but the FBI stayed mum … for a little while. The Herald, naturally, was quick to report on the statement released by special agent Gregory Comcowich in Boston, which says, in part: “In defending against public criticism about the decision to publish the name of the alleged tipster, reporters and editors from the news outlet attempted to justify it by stating the FBI did not raise any objections in advance. That explanation suggested the FBI was culpable for the publishing of this information. To the contrary, the FBI’s silence on these inquiries should not be seen as acquiescence to that editorial decision. Had the FBI responded one way or the other, the effect would have been to confirm or deny the identity of one of the tipsters.” [Boston Herald]