Harbury called on Freeh and Attorney General Janet Reno to open an investigation into the case.
Renewed Pleas, FBI Ire Fueled
But an investigation is unlikely. In a letter protesting the president’s comments to WBAI, Freeh stressed that slain agents Ron Williams and Jack Coler were ambushed and shot to death at point-blank range. Williams, he said, was trying to shield his face just before he was killed.
“It is not a characteristic way for FBI employees to be expressing ourselves,” Sennett said, but he pointed out that the agents involved suffered a merciless death.
“Agents Coler and Williams were defenseless,” Sennett said. “They were ambushed, they were gravely wounded and when they were on the ground they were dispatched at point-blank range with rifle fire from Leonard Peltier as if they were nothing more than wounded animals.”
But Harbury said even some law enforcement officials have major doubts over Peltier’s guilt and there is evidence that the FBI interfered with the investigation.
“Even the United States attorney admits no one knows who killed that FBI agent, who fired those fatal shots,” Harbury said. “The woman who claims to have witnessed the killing later admitted she signed those affidavits only after the FBI threatened to take away her children. The FBI ballistics tests showing that the bullet could not have come from Mr. Peltier’s gun was concealed from the jury and also from the defense.”
Harbury also said that two other people charged in the shooting were not convicted for lack of evidence.
Since Clinton’s comments to WBAI, White House officials have refused to say whether he will grant Peltier clemency. They have only said that Clinton is reviewing the case and can grant pardons to anyone at any time.ABCNEWS’ Beverley Lumpkin contributed to this report.