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FBI DOES NOT REVEAL INQUIRY TARGETS

In an article on Dec. 17, regarding the State Police investigation of certain allegations about the Niagara Falls police, your reporter stated: "In an unusual disclosure in October the FBI said it had played video and audio tapes for O'Laughlin, which the FBI claimed showed the mayor accepting a $2,000 payment from an undercover FBI agent."

This information by your reporter is absolutely false. The FBI did not make any disclosure regarding any targets or alleged targets of our investigation in Niagara County. We only confirmed that we were conducting an investigation into allegations of corruption in Niagara County.

The FBI is sensitive to the fact that we not disclose targets of our investigations. However, we will continue to confirm the existence of investigations once our agents are conducting overt interviews.

This type of reporting, not based on fact, very unfairly "paints" the FBI as the source of much information that appears in the media.

G. ROBERT LANGFORD
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Buffalo

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