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Archive for March 16th, 2021

Special Agent Bryan Vorndran Picked to Lead FBI’s Cyber Division

Bryan A. Vorndran, special agent in charge of the New Orleans Field Office.

By Steve Neavling

Bryan A. Vorndran, who had been serving as special agent in charge of the New Orleans Field Office, has been named assistant director of the Cyber Division at FBI Headquarters. 

Vorndran became an FBI special agent in 2003. On his first assignment, he primarily investigated cocaine and heroin trafficking.

In 2008, he joined the International Contract Corruption Task Force in Afghanistan for five months before being promoted to supervisory special agent at the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters. In 2012, he was promoted to unit chief.

In 2013, Vorndran began leading the Washington Field Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Three years later, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the cyber and counterintelligence programs at the Baltimore Field Office.

In 2017, Vorndran was promoted to chief of the Strategic Operations Section of the Counterterrorism Division at Headquarters.

A year later, Vorndran was named a deputy assistant director of the Criminal Investigative Division, overseeing FBI programs focused on helping dismantle transnational criminal organizations involved in violent crimes that impacted the U.S.

Before joining the FBI, Vorndran was an engineer in the private sector. In 1998, he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lafayette College, and in 2012, he received a masters of business administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

FBI Arrests Two Men Accused of Assaulting Officer Who Died Following Jan. 6 Riot

Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Photo via Shutterstock.

An FBI investigation led to charges against two men accused of assaulting Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who died following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. 

George Tanios, 39, of Virginia, and Julian Khater, 32, of Pennsylvania, are accused of attacking Sicknick and other officers with bear spray during the riot. 

They were charged with conspiracy to injure an officer, assaulting an officer with a dangerous weapon, civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, and other crimes related to violent conduct on the grounds of the Capitol, the Justice Department said Monday. 

It’s still unclear whether Sicnkick died as a result of the defendants’ alleged assault. One theory is that a chemical irritant may have contributed to his death. 

This is the first arrest in connection with Sicknick’s death. 

Both men appeared briefly in court via videoconferences Monday and will remain in jail pending future hearings. 

In a statement Monday, Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman called the riot “an attack on our democracy.”

“Those who perpetrated these heinous crimes must be held accountable, and — let me be clear — these unlawful actions are not and will not be tolerated by this Department,” Pittman said.

The Justice Department recently said it expects to charge at least 100 more people in connection with the riot. As of last week, 312 people have been charged in connection with the riots, and investigators have accumulated more than 15,000 hours of law enforcement and body-cam video footage, 1,600 electronic devices and 210,00 tips, prosecutors said.