FBI distributed child porn for several weeks as a sting after seizing service, court records say

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The FBI seized and operated a child-pornography service for about two weeks last year as it worked to identify some 5,000 customers.

Court records in one Washington state man’s case and an affidavit by a Washington state-based FBI special agent working on a Nebraska-based investigation say the FBI continued to distribute child porn through the service during this period, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.

It appears that a federal judge in Nebraska OK’d the approach, according to the article. The FBI declined substantive comment when contacted by the newspaper.

“This remains an ongoing investigation, and local court rules and Department of Justice policy prohibit me from providing more information at this time,” said spokeswoman Sandy Breault of the FBI’s Omaha Division. “As in any given matter, if charges are filed, they will eventually become a matter of public record.”

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