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FBI Turns Up Few Leakers Despite Many Complaints From Intelligence Agencies

iStock_000003334143XSmallBy Allan Lengel
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In Washington, and elsewhere, leaks happen often. The media quote anonymous sources on a regular basis, and sometimes note that the leaker doesn’t want to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information.

Finding those leaks is no easy task.

The Associated Press reports that U.S. intelligence agencies have made 183 complaints about unauthorized leaks of classified information in the past five years, but the FBI has only identified 14 suspected leakers.

And of those, none have been prosecuted, AP reported.

Of the 183 complaints, the AP reported, the FBI opened 26 leak investigations. The news service said the agency lacked information to proceed in the others.

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U.S. Atty. Goes After $5 Mil In Assets from Bernie Madoff Employees

 cash-100-billsBy Allan Lengel
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The federal prosecutors aren’t done trying to recover more of the poisonous fruits from Bernie Madoff and his people.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of Manhattan announced Tuesday that his office filed  civil complaints against former Madoff employees Annette Bongiorno and Joann Crupi  to recoup  $5 million in assets they had.  Both worked for Madoff for more than 25 years and played a  role in the gigantic fraud, federal prosecutors alleged.

Authorities said Bongiorno responsibilities included  responding to clients’s questions about about their investments and  overseeing the fabrication of account statements, trade confirmations, and other documents. Crupi’s responsiblities included handing the receipt of funds  and transferring funds between Madoff’s business accounts.

According to a U.S. Attorney press release, the funds in question for ANNETTE BONGIORNO include: Approximately $1.1 million currently or formerly held in accounts at Citibank, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and HSBC; a 2005 Bentley Continental, for which BONGIORNO paid approximately $182,605; a 2007 Mercedes Benz, for which BONGIORNO paid approximately $90,000; and approximately $1.3 million paid towards a luxury condominium.

And for JOANN CRUPI: A house in Mantoloking, N.J., for which she paid $2,225,000 cash; and approximately $26,500 in rental income from the Mantoloking house, currently held at Commerce Bank.

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Fed Court of Appeals Rules 5 Christian Militia Members Too Dangerous to be Set Free

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Looks like the U.S. Court of Appeals agrees with federal prosecutors that some members of the Christian militia called the Hutaree are too dangerous to be set free pending trial.

The federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the leader of the Michigan-based group David Stone Sr. and four other members should stay behind bars for now, the Detroit News reported.

“We find that each defendant poses a danger to the community and that no conditions of release will reasonably assure the safety of the community,” the appeals court said, according to the Detroit News.

U.S. District Judge Victoria A. Roberts had ruled earlier that the members could be released on home detention, the News reported. Federal prosecutors had earlier agreed to let four other defendants in the case  go free pending trial.

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FBI Arrests Calif. Hacker Suspected of Extorting Sex Videos From Victims

hacker-artAllan Lengel
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In the eyes of authorities, Luis Mijangos was a skilled computer hacker who went on the rampage and tried  to extort sexually explicit videos from women and girls.

The FBI arrested the 31-year-old  Santa Ana, Calif. man on Tuesday without incident.

Authorities said that FBI computer forensics experts  determined that  Mijangos infected more than 100 computers that were used by approximately 230 individuals,   of which at least 44  were  juveniles.

The affidavit in the case alleged that Mijangos infected computers around the world with a malicious computer code, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Mijangos then got his victims to download “the malware onto their computers by making the files appear to be popular songs,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated Tuesday.  “After the victims downloaded the malware, Mijangos was able to control their computers, allowing him to send instant messages containing malware from those computers to other people in the victims’ address books. These later victims thought they were receiving messages from friends or family members.”

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Senate Confirms Maine Superior Court Justice Delahanty as U.S. Attorney

maine mapBy Allan Lengel
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The U.S. Senate Tuesday confirmed Maine Superior Court Justice Thomas E. Delahanty II as the U.S. Attorney for Maine, the Bangor Daily News reported.

Delahanty, 65, of Falmouth, Maine, was nominated in March. He will replace Paula Silsby. He had previously served as U.S. Attorney in the early 1980s.

“I’m hoping I can get things lined up and be sworn in quickly,” Delahanty told the paper.

Time Square Bomber’s Statement Good Indicator He’s Not Likely to Get Break at Sentencing: “It’s a WAR!”

Faisal Shahzad

Faisal Shahzad

By Allan Lengel
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If there was any question whether Times Square car bomber Faisal Shahzad might catch a break during sentencing for fully cooperating with the FBI, his statements in court on Monday may have cleared that all up: It’s highly highly unlikely.

Shahzad pleaded guilty Monday and then warned the court of more attacks and accused the U.S. of “terrorizing the Muslim nations and the Muslim people,” according to the Washington Post.

“It’s a war,” he told the judge.

He said, according to the Washington Post, if the U.S. didn’t get out of Iraq, Afghanistan and other Muslim nations, “we will be attacking U.S.” and that Americans “only care about their people, but they don’t care about the people elsewhere in the world when they die.”

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Supreme Court Upholds Law on Material Support of Terrorists

terrorismBy Allan Lengel
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The Supreme Court delivered a victory to the Justice Department on Monday, upholding a law that makes it a crime to provide material support to foregin terrorist organizations, the New York Times reported.

The ruling made it a crime to provide support even if the ultimate goal is  to peacefully resolve a conflict, the Times reported. The Justices voted 6-3.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who wrote the majority opinion, saying the law did not violate did not violate the First Amendment as the plaintiffs had argued.

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Openly Gay U.S. Atty. Jenny Durkan Speaks Out

U.S. Atty. Durkan

U.S. Atty. Durkan

By Allan Lengel
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Seattle U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan doesn’t have a secret.

As the first openly gay federal prosecutor, she speaks freely of being gay, and did so again Monday as the keynote speaker at the Justice Department’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride month ceremony in Washington.

“I stand before you as the first openly gay U.S. attorney,” Durkan told the audience of more than 200 Justice Department employees and others, the Seattle Times reported.

The 52-year-old, who has a long time partner and two children, said speaking out helps other gays and lesbians and helps educate the public about “the reality of our humanity.”

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Read Atty. Gen. Eric Holder’s Statement

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