Local cops suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was an FBI informant
There’s a remarkable statement buried at the bottom of Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen’s farewell to the soon-departing special agent in charge of the Boston FBI office, Vince Lisi. According to the law enforcement friendly Cullen, Lisi was uncharacteristically open during their interview. “Lisi is the most candid FBI leader in Boston, ever,” Cullen writes.
But the friendly goodbye column closes with reporting that strikes a vastly different tone:
For the record, Lisi denied that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, killed in a firefightwith Watertown police, was an FBI informant. He also denied that Ibragim Todashev, a suspected accomplice of Tsarnaev in a triple murder in Waltham, was an FBI informant.
Todashev was shot dead by an FBI agent in Florida two months after the Marathon bombings, after he allegedly attacked the agent and a Massachusetts state trooper.
That I had to ask the question — and that there are others in law enforcement who suspect that one or both were FBI informants— suggests whoever replaces Vince Lisi has their work cut out for them. Like statutes, candor has its limitations.
Talk about burying the lede.