Rogue FBI agent who inspired ‘The Departed’ jailed for 40 years for killing witness set to testify against the Mob

via Daily Mail UK

A rogue FBI agent has been jailed for 40 years for killing a witness who was about to testify against the Mob.departed1

A judge told FBI agent John Connolly he had ‘crossed over to the dark side’.

The former agent’s decision to switch sides was said to be the inspiration  for  the character played by Matt Damon in the hit film ‘The Departed.’

Damon played a Massachusetts State Trooper detective who supplied his Mob   connections with information.

During a two-month trial in Miami, Florida, a jury heard that Connolly, 68, was on the Mafia payroll – receiving money from notorious Mob leader James ‘Whitey’ Bulger  who ran the Winter Hill gang in Boston in the 1980s.

Bulger is the FBI’s second-most wanted fugitive after Osama bin Laden and is being sought for involvement in 19 murders.

The court heard that Connolly would supply his Mob connections with tip-offs about police raids and leak the names of informants.

He was convicted of the 1982 murder of businessman John Callahan, whose bullet-riddled body was found in the boot of a car at Miami  Airport.

Connolly told his mob connections that 45-year-old Callaghan was preparing to give evidence against the notorious Winter Hill gang in Boston.

A ‘hit’ was taken out on the father-of-two before he could implicate Bulger.

Connolly has denied being a corrupt agent.

He said: ‘I never sold my badge. I never took anybody’s money. I never  caused  anybody to be hurt, at least not knowingly, and I never would.’

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Matt Damon, Wyclef Jean visit Haiti city in ruins

Source: Breitbart

Probably the most under reported story this week. While we are all caught up in politics of the day, there have been some monstrous storms and hurricanes that have done serious damage across the world. See how two mega stars visited Haiti which was hit hard by Tropical Storm Hanna and Hurricane Ike.

GONAIVES, Haiti (AP) – Cries of adulation—and hunger—followed Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean and actor Matt Damon as they toured flood-ravaged Gonaives on Sunday to call attention to widespread suffering in the marooned city.

Tropical Storm Hanna and Hurricane Ike submerged the Haitian city and cut off roadways. Where waters have receded, streets remain a stinking mud bath and homes are carpeted with muck and encrusted pots, pans and laundry.

“I’m speechless, I can’t believe it,” said Damon, looking down from a U.N. helicopter at people living on the rooftops of flooded homes.

The four-hour visit passed in a blur of stenches, colors and noise. A man on a bicycle tried to keep up with Damon and Jean’s truck, shouting, “I love you, Wyclef.” Jean raised his hand, but couldn’t smile back.

“It’s inhumane. I wish there was a word in the dictionary. No human should be living like this,” said Jean, who became famous through his Grammy-winning band, The Fugees, and later emerged as a solo artist.

As they turned onto the flooded Rue Christophe, another pickup packed with women sloshed within arm’s reach. Face-to-face with the celebrities, the women cried, “We’re hungry!” A young man calf-deep in water raised both arms and shouted, “Fix our roads. Fix our city!”

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80’s Hit MacGyver Due To Hit The Big Screen..

Today at Maker Faire 2008, MacGyver creator (and real life inspiration) Lee David Zlotoff announced he has a big budget MacGyver movie in the planning stages.

Source : Engadget

That’s right people the man who could diffuse a nuclear bomb with a swizz army knife, will be back this time via the big screen. There seems to be some rumblings by MacGyver creator (and real life inspiration) Lee David Zlotoff that he has gotten the dough to produce the on screen version. Matt Damon would be perfect for this but the Bourne Identity series may run to close to the storyline of the MacGyver series. We’ll see if it really happens!! Read below:

Zlotoff mentioned he somehow ended up with the movie rights years ago (extremely uncommon), giving him full control over the film. While few specifics were mentioned, and no formal announcement has been made, its extremely promising that the man with the power to make the film is getting the ball rolling. The question is…do you bring back Richard Dean Anderson as old MacGyver, or bring in a younger, Christian Bale-type to reprise the role of makeshift gadget god?

Denzel Connected to Ludlum Thriller


A-list actor Denzel Wasington, who recently was photographed by the LA paparazzi looking a wee bit drunk, has been attached to a new spy thriller by deceased author Robert Ludlum who is responsible for the mega-successful Matt Damon helmed ” Bourne” series. The thriller called “”The Matarese Circle,” sounds like another great vehicle and potential franchise for Hollywood.

The project, revolves around two secret agents — an American and a Russian — who must work together to fight a mysterious group of killers known as the Matarese. The twist: The agents, Bradley Scofield and Vasili Taleniekov, have been nemeses for years, with each responsible for killing someone close to the other. According to those familiar with the pitch, Washington would play Scofield.

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