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Archive for January 23rd, 2012

Ex-CIA Officer Accused of Leaks Involving Terror Case

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former CIA officer, who helped track down and capture a big terror suspect, was charged Monday with repeatedly disclosing classified information to journalists, including the name of a covert CIA officer and information revealing the role of another CIA employee in classified activities, the Justice Department said.

The charges were filed in fed court in Alexandria, Va., against former CIA agent John Kiriakou.

Kiriakou, 47, of Arlington, Va., was a CIA intelligence officer between 1990 and 2004, serving at headquarters and in various classified overseas assignments.

The government alleged in a four-count criminal complaint that Kiriakou made illegal disclosures about two CIA employees and their involvement in classified operations to two journalists on multiple occasions between 2007 and 2009.

In one instance, Kiriakou allegedly disclosed the name and contact information of an employee, identified in the complaint as “Officer B,” whose participation in an operation to capture and question terrorism subject Abu Zubaydah in 2002 was then classified, authorities said.

Authorities alleged that Kiriakou leaked the information prior to a June 2008 front-page story in The New York Times disclosing Officer B’s alleged role in the Abu Zubaydah operation.

“Safeguarding classified information, including the identities of CIA officers involved in sensitive operations, is critical to keeping our intelligence officers safe and protecting our national security,” said Attorney General Eric Holder in a statement.

Read the press release

Read the NY Times story

 

Supreme Court Rules Police Must Have Search Warrant Before Using GPS Device

By Robert Barnes
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that police must obtain a search warrant before using a GPS device to track criminal suspects. But the justices left for another day larger questions about how technology has altered a person’s expectation of privacy.

Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that the government needed a valid warrant before attaching a GPS device to the Jeep used by D.C. drug kingpin Antoine Jones, who was convicted in part because police tracked his movements on public roads for 28 days.

“We hold that the government’s installation of a GPS device on a target’s vehicle, and its use of that device to monitor the vehicle’s movements, constitutes a ‘search’ ” under the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, Scalia wrote.

To read the full story click here.

Read opinion United States v. Jones.

Public Corruption Probes Up in Colorado, FBI Says

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

It may not be Chicago, but the Denver FBI is now investigating more than a dozen cases of public corruption in Colorado, Wyoming and Indian country, reports the Denver Post.

That number is up from three years ago, when the bureau launched a special hotline for tips on public corruption At the time, the FBI had suggested that public corruption was going unreported.

“We are very busy right now,” said Supervising Special Agent Brian Schmitt, according to the Denver. “I don’t know if it is a result of the down economy or if there are more avenues to report.”

To read more click here.

 

Series of Church Vandalism May Be Hate Crimes

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is taking part in the investigation in what might be a series of hate crimes, reports WBIR.

The investigation revolves around the vandalism of three churches and a former church in West Knox County The FBI has joined in the investigation of vandalism at three churches and a vacant former church in West Knox County, Tennessee.

Two months’ worth of broken windows in the churches are considered violations of “civil rights” since the crimes occurred on “religious real property,” Special agent Richard Lambert told WBIR.

“That’s because Congress put it in the books that makes it a federal crime to damage any religious real property because of its religious character,” Lambert said.

To read more click here.

FBI: Fed Reserve Employee Stole Computer Code

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A New York computer programmer was arrested and charged with stealing proprietary software code this week, reports the website TechWorld.com. But the software he allegedly stole didn’t belong to just anyone; it belonged to the federal reserve.

Bo Zhang is charged with stealing software code, known as the Government-Wide Accounting and Reporting Program (GWA) from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The software handles a wide variety of government financial transactions, reports TechWorld.

“Bo Zhang was a contract employee assigned to the Federal Reserve Board of New York (FRBNY) to work on further developing a specific portion of the GWA’s source code which the United States has spent approximately £6.1 million ($9.5 million) to develop,” the FBI said in a statement. “In the summer of 2011, Zhang allegedly stole the GWA Code.”

To read more click here.

Website Founder Pleads Not Guilty

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Several days after the feds shutdown the popular file-sharing website Megaupload.com  in an anti-piracy operation, the site’s founder claimed he was not guilty,  reports Reuters.

Kim Dotcom pleaded not guilty at a court hearing in New Zealand to piracy and money laundering. Prosecutor Anne Toohey told a court at Dotcom’s bail hearing that the suspect was a flight risk ”at the extreme end of the scale” because he had access to money, fake ID papers and had a history of fleeing federal charges, according to Reuters. Authorities want to extradite him to the U.S.

The judge, David McNaughton, said Dotcom’s bail application was too complicated to rule on immediately, saying he would issue a written decision by Wednesday.

“Given the breadth of issues covered in this bail application and the seriousness of the issues, I am going to reserve my decision,” the judge said, according to Reuters.

To read more click here.

Appeals Court Rules Against DEA Agent Who Shot Himself

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DEA Agent Lee Paige was pegged as being somewhat of a loser when a video began circulating of him shooting himself while demonstrating how to use a gun in 2004 in front  Florida school-aged  children.

Now Gosh Darn it, the guy just can’t win.

The Associated Press reports that Paige lost his appeal last week in a federal lawsuit over the release of the video that made him the butt of many many jokes.

Paige sued his employer, the DEA, after the video was released and went viral.

AP reported that a U.S. District judge ruled in favor of DEA in 2010, and that Paige failed to prove who released the video that was made in a public place.

On Tuesday, a three-judge appeals court panel upheld that ruling, AP reported.

AP reports that the video shows Paige shooting himself in the leg just after telling the school kids and their parents: “I’m the only one in this room professional enough, that I know of, to carry this Glock 40.”

To read the full story click here.

Bad Move: Chicago Drug Dealers Try Robbing ATF Agent

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Under the category of “bad luck for criminals” comes this story from Chicago.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a bandit put a gun to the head of an undercover ATF agent last Thursday and tried to rob him while the agent was trying to make a heroin purchase.

The paper reports that Robert Jefferson and Michael Parrish were charged in the incident.

According to the paper, the agent showed up at 11:38 a.m. in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago for a pre-arranged purchase of 25 grams of heroin from Jefferson.

Authorities said Jefferson told the agent he was only able to get 5 grams of heroin and was waiting for the rest to show up, the Sun-Times reported, citing a federal court affidavit.

Authorities said, according to the Sun-Times, as the two waited in the car, Jefferson sent a text message to Parrish saying, “im in here wit him.”

At 12:43 p.m., Parrish showed up and pointed a .38-caliber revolver at the agent’s head.

Parrish then said, according to the paper: “You move, I’m going to pop the s— out of you. Come on with the money.”

The agent then tossed $2,500 out of the car window and then fired a shot at Parish, but missed, the paper reported.

The paper reported that Parrish grabbed the money and ran but surveillance agents chased him down and made the collar.