confidential informant

[ kon-fi-den-shuhl in-fawr-muhnt ]


  1. a person who works undercover for law enforcement to gather information about felonious criminal activities: some confidential informants are criminals themselves, hired to work undercover in exchange for leniency or exoneration: : CI

    We’re told that this elusive drug lord was finally taken down thanks largely to a confidential informant, whose identity remains fiercely protected.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of confidential informant1

First recorded in 1940–45

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Example Sentences

Police used a confidential informant to buy nine handguns, six semi-automatic rifles, nine large-capacity magazines and a silencer, according to one of the men’s arrest affidavits.

A confidential informant voluntarily sent his FBI contact dozens of exchanges the next day between self-described members of the Three Percenters.

Unfortunately for him, the investigator was a confidential informant for the FBI.

The hacking group claimed it had files containing information about gangs and the identities of confidential informants.

It was the first time she spoke about working as a confidential informant with anyone other than her OSI agents.

It may be great enough to warrant techniques like the confidential informant program.

She left the office, she says, as a confidential informant recruited to spy and report on her peers.

But it does not appear to have used an undercover agent or confidential informant to gather “human intelligence” about him.

The bureau, however, dropped the confidential informant, Emad Salem, who had insinuated himself into the plot.





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