Bobby Bridger is a consultant with the FBI.
That is far from the truth but deciding a better way of identifying him in one line is difficult.
This is what the interagency flyer circulated about him states:
"Bobby Bridger is cooperating as an undercover agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Domestic Terrorist Threat Assessment Team, Central Division in the identification and classification of various 'patriot group' threats and online communications not currently under direct surveillance through normal electronic media. Mr. Bridger is being flagged as a voluntary, participating, cooperating witness and shall not be flagged by other agencies for activities performed in the line of duty."
When we first meet him, Bridger is most definitely not affiliated with anyone. He "had long ago given up on 'normal' life and bought this remote patch of wooded acreage deep in the heart of Wood County Texas right after he quit working for Uncle Sam. He'd spent too many years in the military and even more years as a private contractor for various federal agencies doing things that he was no longer proud of. At the time, he'd felt it was a necessary evil. Now, he wasn't so sure. "No longer trusting his government, nor himself, he relegated himself to a life of seclusion. He cut himself off from the creature comforts that many now consider necessities and chose to live in this slightly modernized version of a cave - a hand-built, earth-bermed house that, from nearly every angle, appeared to be simply a grassy hill in the middle of the forty acres of woods."
That is when an old friend, Roger Webster, came by and asked for a favor - install a provided satellite dish and use the laptop computer also provided to monitor numerous conspiracy theory chat rooms and survivalist forums for suspicious activity. And that is also when, after having done that for several weeks, someone decided to set him up. Bad move.