APut 05/04 0455 Informant-Aryans SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- An FBI informant who was assigned
APut 05/04 0455 Informant-Aryans
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- An FBI informant who was assigned to
infiltrate the white supremacist Aryan Nations had his cover
blown when a former Spokane police detective identified him to
Aryan leaders, a newspaper reported.
The informant, identified only as a disabled ex-policeman,
told The Spokesman-Review and Spokane Chronicle that he couldn't
comment further on whether former Spokane police detective Dan
Newlun had connections with the Aryans, pending discussions with
The FBI has refused to comment.
Newlun resigned from the force last June, saying he had become
addicted to cocaine in the course of undercover work. He later
filed a $2 million suit against the city. The suit is pending.
The newspapers reported in their combined Sunday edition that
the FBI is investigating whether the Aryan Nations had a
sympathizer within the Spokane police department and had access
to confidential intelligence information about the cult.
The informant had his "cover burned" after Newlun and a woman
companion visited the Aryan Nations compound north of Hayden
Lake, Idaho, last summer, the newspaper reported, quoting
unidentified law enforcement officials and other sources.
Newlun and the informant previously had worked on drug
investigations for the department.
The informant had visited the Aryan Nations compound for more
than two years. He was designated "official Aryan Nations
photographer" and took photographs and video tapes during last
summer's Aryan World Congress.
His FBI affiliation was disclosed after that gathering,
possibly during a Washington State Patrol criminal investigation
into Newlun's cocaine addiction.
The informant said he had talked to the State Patrol about
Newlun, 36, is working out of town as a laborer and couldn't
be reached for comment. His wife, Sally, said Saturday she
didn't know her husband had visited the Aryan compound.
The 23-year-old woman who accompanied Newlun to the Aryan
compound said she and Newlun made the trip because they were
worried about the well-being of the informant, the paper
reported. She was not identified.
Retired Spokane detective Tom Scott, who worked with Newlun
and knows the informant, said the informant "has a questionable
Scott said he had been told that Newlun had burned the
"They had some kind of falling out," Scott said, speculating
it might have been over a statement the informant gave to State
Patrol detectives who investigated Newlun.
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