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Wanted by FBI, Fugitive Reaches Out to WRC Reporter

After WRC‘s Shomari Stone reported on the case of a man who is currently wanted by the FBI for kidnapping his two children, the fugitive, Faical Chebbi, reached out to the D.C. NBC station and shared his side of the story in an interview via Skype.

Chebbi, who is now on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, is accused of taking his two children, ages three and six, away from his ex-wife during a court-ordered visit in November and whisking them away to Tunisia.

After Stone reported on the manhunt last week, Chebbi contacted WRC and the station set up an interview (video after the jump). Read more

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Longtime WNYW Anchor John Roland: FBI Mole?

John Roland reportedly had an unlikely side job during his two-decade tenure as anchor for New York Fox-affiliate WNYW. According to a recent report from The Smoking Gun, Roland served as an FBI informant in the early 90s, in addition to appearing on WNYW’s nightly newscasts.

A FBI memo obtained by The Smoking Gun includes details about the bureau’s employing of a “Fox network news anchor” to extract details about a source used by the tabloid show “A Current Affair” in covering Jimmy Hoffa’s murder. Staffers with “A Current Affair” refused requests from the FBI to give up the identity of their source so the FBI asked the Fox anchor, who worked in “adjoining office space to the ‘Current Affair’ productions,” to try and extract the identity from them.

Through a bit of deduction, The Smoking Gun concluded that the FBI informant was likely John Roland, who retired in 2004.

Reached for comment, though, Roland said that the incident “sure as heck doesn’t ring a bell.”

“I might have been asked,” he added, “but I can’t imagine I would have done it.”