There is one final mystery. A big gap exists in the motion for discovery by Carney & Brennan (C&B). It had to be deliberately created because it represents the gut of the motion. It relates to the relationship between the two major protagonist in this drama: Agent John Connolly and James “Whitey” Bulger.
I’ll talk about this Monday. Today I feel compelled to discuss and highlight another issue which just dawned on me.
I find it curious that on behalf of Whitey C&B are alleging Connolly fabricated Whitey’s his role as an informant. The reason they offer is surprising. It is that the: “Department of Justice Provided Employees Like John Connolly Incentive To Lie About Their Relationships With Organized Crime Figures.”
They point to the benefits Connolly received. They say his actions with his Top Echelon informants were so appreciated by his superiors that they “recommended him for “salary increases, monetary awards. and promotions.” They could have added that Connolly was allowed to attend graduate school at Harvard.
Oddly they quote his corrupt supervisor John Morris. In his evaluation of Connolly he stated, “His performance has been at the level to which all should aspire to attain but few will realistically reach.” Earlier in their motion, C&B pointed out that “Connolly reportedly worked with at least sixteen informants and maybe in excess of twenty. Connolly worked and handled at least eleven of them during the relevant time frame.”
It seems part of C&B’s motion undermines their argument in another part. If Connolly is so good at the job of gaining informants and he has achieved such great success judging from the numbers, why does Connolly have to fabricate Whitey as an informant.
Surely Connolly had would have received as many commendations and awards from his superiors without Whitey. He would not have added Whitey to his stable when it really had no consequence. C&B needed to argue alternatively.
They also assert: “John Connolly needed to cover his illegitimate relationship with James Bulger by making it appear that the relationship was legitimate.” This also doesn’t add up. The whole idea that Connolly “needed to cover” his relationship with Whitey is foolish. The only one who could question it would be in the FBI.
It had implicit trust in Connolly since he had so many informants. It would be unlikely to question him about anything. Even had it, no one outside the FBI would have known about it because it may have caused the family embarrassment.
If in the oft chance Connolly had not listed Whitey as an informant and he was asked about his relationship with Whitey he had the perfect cover. Flemmi. Whitey as Flemmi’s partner was passing on information Flemmi was providing. Flemmi was not carried on the books as an informant even though everyone in the FBI Boston office knew he was one.
In the context of the motion, accusing Connolly of an illegitimate relationship seems wrong. No one ever suggests Connolly had an illegitimate relationship with any other of the more than 20 informants. None of them, except Whitey and his partner Flemmi, ever suggested the relationship was illegitimate.
None of that group ever stated he paid Connolly for information. Flemmi alleges Connolly was paid for information. We know Flemmi and the truth are strangers. Even then, Flemmi never said he handed him any money. He said Whitey paid him, or said that’s what Whitey told him.
None seem to find it odd that the only gangsters who’ve alleged Connolly received money from them are those who were jammed in. None of his other informants even suggested it. If you are a greedy FBI agent on the take you take from everyone.
Look at Connolly’s supervisor John Morris. He dealt with two Top Echelon informant. He admitted he took money and gifts from both of them after he got his deal with the Feds. Connolly is alleged to be corrupt in only one out of twenty times.
When you’re corrupt your corrupt all the way. Things don’t fit on closer inspection.