The Mail Online report:

Startling documents reveal that the FBI permitted its informants to commit at least 5,658 crimes in just one year, or an average of over 15 incidents a day.

These new records, obtained by USA Today yesterday, provide a first public view of just how frequently the agency employs criminals to help with their inquiries. Yet this figure is just the tip of the iceberg.

The FBI’s set of sources represents a small fraction of the huge amount of informers used by state and local government every year. No data is available on other federal authorities such as the DEA.

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