Nation: Bugging the FBI

A waterfront probe with a leak

There have been federal investigations of corruption on the waterfront for almost as long as there have been an FBI and an International Longshoremen's Association. But the latest two-year probe into racketeering at East Coast and Gulf ports has a new wrinkle: some targets of the investigation have been keeping abreast of the agents' findings by reading their secret progress reports to the Justice Department.

The source of the leak is not known, but TIME has learned that the problem began more than a year ago when the FBI, with federal court approval, placed a bug in...

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