FBI Agent Who Posed As News Editor Didn’t Break Policy, Inspector General Says

An undercover FBI agent who impersonated a journalist to find out who was making bomb threats to a high school near Seattle did not violate federal policy at the time, a Justice Department watchdog says. Since the 2007 incident, the policy has been stiffened but could still allow such a ploy.

The impersonation came about after police in Washington state couldn’t identify a suspect who repeatedly sent threatening emails to Timberline High School. After police asked a cybercrime task force for help, FBI agents posing as an Associated Press editor used spyware to snare what turned out to be a 15-year-old student at the school.

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