BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi has lashed out at the federal Bureau of Prisons during his first interview since being granted compassionate release in 2016 after serving five years of an eight-year sentence on federal corruption charges.

DiMasi called the bureau "a rogue agency" during an interview Wednesday on WGBH. He said the agency doesn't provide needed health care to those under its supervision.

The Democrat said he is in remission for throat and prostate cancer. He said he thought he was going to die in prison, but has since received treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The bureau did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

DiMasi declined to discuss his 2011 conviction, saying he wanted to leave that in the past.

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