Are you convinced Whitey was not an informant? Then let’s consider this.
When John Morris testified at the Connolly trial he said that he met on nine or ten times with Whitey, and Stevie Flemmi for social gatherings. He said they always came together along with John Connolly the FBI agent. Nick Gianturco, another FBI agent who met with them, said pretty much the same thing when he testified about meeting them for dinner suggesting it is better for three people to come in one car rather than having four cars show up at a place. FBI supervisor James Ring would also socialize with them as would Agent Dennis Condon.
Agent Robert Fitzpatrick told how he went to Whitey’s condo in Quincy to meet with him. The purpose of the meeting was to see whether what Whitey was providing to the FBI was such to keep him as a Top Echelon Informant. That was the meeting where Whitey said he was not an informant. It was also the meeting where Agent Connolly was lurking in the background to support Whitey. Fitzpatrick told us how he was upset Connolly was there. Strangely, he never said anything to Connolly about it but chastised Connolly’s supervisor Morris who drove him to the meeting. The real question is why did Whitey agree to meet with him if he wasn’t an informant?
And another thing, doesn’t it seem Connolly is around Whitey quite a lot.
On October 17, 1984, James A. Ring, the supervisor of the FBI’s organized crime squad in Boston wrote a memorandum noting about Whitey and Stevie that “Both of these informants are in the constant company of each other, and when contacts are made . . . both sources are generally present.” It confirms what Morris says.
We know from Weeks among others that sometimes Whitey met alone with Connolly. When he didn’t do that, he met with him with Flemmi. No one has told that I can recall of Connolly meet alone with Flemmi.
We know that Flemmi was the source of information about the Mafia to Connolly. How is it Whitey would not know Flemmi is an informant if the only time Flemmi talked to Connolly was when he was in his presence.
That’s all good stuff to question Whitey’s claim. The real clincher though, is that memorandum back on 11/25/80 from SAC Sarhatt about his interview at a hotel with Whitey.
This is the memo Attorney Brennan made much ado about in Berlinger’s documentary. He pointed to the last paragraph of the memo that the FBI wanted to hide and when it released the memo it had covered it up. What was left out read: “OBSERVATIONS I am not certain that I am convinced that informant is
not telling the full story of his involvement At such time as we no longer need his information concerning another sensitive matter, consideration should be made to closing him and on making him a target.”
I don’t see where that helps Whitey prove he was not an informant; it seems it is proof that he is and the FBI is protecting him.
There were other events occurring at that time. Sarhatt knew Jeremiah O’Sullivan was working with John Morris’s organized crime squad in preparation for a wiretap on Anguilo and Baione which would begin in January 1981. SAC Sarhatt after the interview of Whitey wanted to see if there would be a downside to closing Whitey. O’Sullivan asked/told him not to do it as his information is crucial to the wiretap. O’Sullivan according to the memo said “there was sufficient justification for continuing him regardless of his current activities to be able to prosecute LCN members.” Agent Morris and others said that was not true. The were already prepared to do the wiretap without any information from Whitey or Stevie. The affidavit had been completed without them.
All that is an aside on the issue of informant. What tells is that Whitey spend 4 hours with SAC Sarhatt who set up the meeting to determine whether he should be kept on as an informant. According to Sarhatt Whitey explained why he was giving the FBI information (warm feeling to Rico, close feelings with Connolly, hatred of Mafia.) He told him the State Police were aware of his informant role; Whitey didn’t deny it. He said no one would believe it and he still wanted to continue being an informant.He reports Whitey also said if he’s killed it will because of the “vendetta” (his favorite word) between the Mafia and his gang who hate but tolerate each other and not because he is an informant.
If Whitey were not an informant, why is he even meeting with these top FBI guys who are trying to decide whether to protect him or target him. Is it possible Connolly told him that he would have to pretend he was if Connolly was going to continue to meet with him and pass on the information? That could be but its doubtful.
I suppose the clincher for me is that Stevie was an informant; it is hard to see how Whitey would not know that. We are supposed to believe he knows everything, is constantly on the alert, and a master criminal but he missed Stevie being an informant. I doubt it. He said no one was closer to him than Stevie. Given that was the case, how would he not have known and gone along with it?