A high-ranking mob informant demanded that the FBI protect him as the investigation from the Massachusetts State Police closed in on him and his associates, newly released court documents show.
The revelations come from transcripts of calls secretly recorded by the State Police between the informant, identified by FOX Undercover as purported mob captain Mark Rossetti, and his FBI handler.
The transcripts were filed in court by defense attorney Bob George, who represents two of Rossetti’s co-defendants. George’s motion and other publicly filed court documents do not identify the informant’s name, which is under seal.
The transcripts show that the informant asked the FBI about the state police’s targeting him, saying, “... A little common courtesy... (the state police) could have at least went to you and talked about it."
Rossetti also tells the FBI that he expects to be protected, saying, "...if guys start going to jail... You're gonna help me and all that... Keep me away from that."
The FBI handler tells Rossetti... "you don't have anything to worry about... But if that happens we'll have to deal with it as it comes."
Rossetti is accused of running a violent criminal enterprise involved in everything from drug dealing to gambling.
The new details are coming days after two retired state police organized crime investigators spoke out to FOX 25, saying the FBI never should have used Rossetti as an informant, especially in the wake of the Whitey Bulger case.
“You think the FBI knew he was committing all those crimes while he was an informant?” asked FOX Undercover reporter Mike Beaudet.
“They should have. It was easy enough,” said Bob Long, a retired state police mob investigator.
Jack O’Malley, who once ran the State Police organized crime unit, said, “They did their best to improve relations and say we made mistakes. We're going to fix those mistakes. We're not going to make those mistakes again, and only 15 years plus later those mistakes seem to have happened all over again. It's almost a mirror image of the Bulger-Flemmi case.”
George filed the transcripts as part of a motion asking a judge to unseal records about the informant. He believes those records could shed even more light on the case.
FOX Undercover earlier reported that the FBI at first told the state police that Rossetti was not their informant. In a statement both agencies say they cooperated on the case.