Mysteries of the Cannon affidavit

The FBI’s 42-page affidavit contains detailed allegations against former Mayor Patrick Cannon – but some references remain a mystery.

Among them:

What sparked the probe?

“A local law enforcement officer was working in an undercover capacity on another criminal matter and learned of information that would be helpful to the FBI regarding public corruption.”

Who were the business figures?

Which city departments and employees were allegedly under Cannon’s influence?

Did Cannon influence a prior project?

“Cannon alluded to a prior instance wherein he assisted and intervened in a major project – using his official position – on behalf of prominent local businessman (sic).” The affidavit says an agent found evidence to support Cannon’s claim but then does not give details, citing “ongoing investigative reasons.”