Report Details Mueller's Role in the FBI's Greatest Scandal Ever
Mafia contract killer and FBI snitch, Joe "The Animal" Barboza, implicated the four in the 1965 murder of Edward Deegan, a two-bit hoodlum simply because he didn't like them. Within days, the FBI agents involved – from J. Edgar Hoover on down – knew the truth, but they put a higher value on the perjured testimony they received from Barboza than the freedom of the wrongfully imprisoned: Louie Greco, Henry Tameleo, Peter Limone, and Joe Salvati.
In 2002, Mueller continued the decades' long cover-up, instructing agents to oppose pardons because the evidence was, in his words, "fodder for cross-examination."
Four years later, the four men, or their estates – two had died – were awarded $102 million as compensation for their false convictions. (The Daily Caller)
For 35 years, the FBI refused to release the evidence exonerating the wrongfully imprisoned men on the grounds of “national security.” It was finally released in 2000 as part of an investigation into corruption in the Boston office of the FBI.
After the state pardons board asked Mueller for the Bureau’s version of its actions, a Boston FBI agent, Charles Prouty, wrote back on May 9, 2002 that “FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. has directed the office to respond.”
While conceding that the damning FBI reports contained “impeachment material,” Mueller’s FBI still contended that the innocent men might in fact be guilty, despite the FBI’s own reports to the contrary.
Mueller, however, tried to convince the Massachusetts authorities that his own Bureau’s documents did not mean that the four men had been railroaded.
In Boston, the four men were widely regarded as innocent. Six years after their conviction, evidence emerged that the FBI's star informant and serial killer Joe Barboza actually murdered Deegan.