Should FBI have kept a tighter leash on its Alaska militia mole?



FBI logo SCThe rogue security agent whose actions helped spark the downfall of 2010 U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller, a Fairbanks Republican, has finally revealed what he was thinking when he handcuffed an Alaska Dispatch reporter after a Miller rally in October 2010. What no one but William Fulton and a few federal official knew at the time was that Fulton was a paid informant working for the FBI, and apparently he had an agenda to undermine Miller’s campaign.

The story Fulton tells is now raising new and troubling questions about the behavior of Alaska FBI agents, who were already being investigated in 2010 for their roles in railroading the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, from office. Stevens was convicted in 2008 of failing to report more than $250,000 in gifts and subsequently lost election to now Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska. The guilty verdicts against Stevens were tossed the next spring, but his reputation remained sullied. He died in a plane crash in Southwest Alaska in August 2010 while fighting to clear his name.

As the Justice Department was investigating FBI actions in the Stevens case in the summer and fall of that year, the FBI had moved on to investigating Alaska militias. It hired Fulton, the owner of an Anchorage military surplus store called “Drop Zone” and a sometime-security consultant, to infiltrate those organizations. Fulton has now told the Huffington Post that he thought putting the cuffs on Tony Hopfinger, the co-owner and editor of Dispatch, while working for Miller, a conservative Republican, appeared a great idea. Fulton said it bolstered his image with the militias.

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