Some racy texts between Richard Bistrong, an FBI informant, and his handlers are hurting the Justice Department’s largest sting operation targeting foreign bribery. A defense attorney said the messages showed “the FBI had created no appropriate boundaries” with the informant. Take a look at some of the messages that were exchanged.
Informant Richard Bistrong is shown during a visit to a factory in Arkansas during the sting operation. During a 15-week trial, defense lawyers hammered at the relationship between Bistrong and his FBI handlers, introducing a string of text messages that the attorneys say raised questions about the professionalism of their relationship and their credibility.COURTESY OF THE ATTORNEY FOR THE DEFENSE