Muckrock has done it again.
The Boston-based web startup, a two-man team that simplifies the process of submitting Freedom of Information Act queries, managed to get the FBI's file on the late, great OL' DIRTY BASTARD. And it's a doozy: turns out the FBI have been investigating the WU TANG CLAN as a criminal organization under the RICO statutes.
We profiled Muckrock back in November of 2010, just after they'd gotten into a slugfest with Deval Patrick's office, which threatened them with jail time for publishing documents that had been relased (it turned out, mistakenly) by the Commowealth.
Muckrock was asked to obtain ODB's FBI file by the hacktivist web site Gun.io, which first published the documents last week.
According to the 95-page file on Dirt McGirt (read the whole thing below), police accused Wu-Tang of being "heavily involved in the sale of drugs, illegal guns, weapons possession, murder, carjacking and other types of violent crime." In addition to running down some of the more notorious episodes in ODB's criminal file, the FBI claims the Wu obtained a stash of guns from a dealer in Steubenville, Ohio -- and that one of the pieces later turned up as a murder weapon. They also allege that an unnamed gang acted as a hit squad for the Clan.
Here's the complete file, via Scribd: