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Feds Raise Profile On “Whitey” Bulger Overseas

BOSTON — U.S. law enforcement authorities are turning up the heat of fugitive mobster James “Whitey” Bulger by raising his profile with foreign media.

Foreign reporters have been invited to the State Department in Washington on Tuesday for a briefing from a member of the task force assigned to capture Bulger, the Boston gangster wanted for 19 slayings.

The 79-year-old Bulger has been on the run for 14 years and is on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list with a $2 million reward offered for information leading to his capture.

FBI spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz says the goal is to make Bulger a “worldwide household name.”

Bulger was known to travel and the FBI says the last confirmed sighting of the former FBI informant was in London in September 2002.

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