“FBI officials were concerned that footage from inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, would show undercover agents and confidential informants, a whistleblower said in testimony revealed on May 18.

George Hill is a supervisory intelligence analyst who worked out of the FBI’s Boston field office. Hill recounted the bureau’s Washington field office (WFO) pressuring officials in Boston to open investigations on 138 people who went to a rally on Jan. 6, even though there were no indications the people violated the law.

Boston officials pushed back, saying they would need evidence such as footage of individuals inside the Capitol to launch probes of the people… Hill said Boston officials questioned why they could not receive access to the tranche of some 11,000 hours of footage from inside the Capitol.

Because there may be—may be—UCs, undercover officers, or … confidential human sources, on those videos whose identity we need to protect,’ Washington-based officials responded.”