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FBI’s 3 Top Cybersecurity Officials Are Retiring

Scott Smith

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Whatever the reason, three of the FBI’ top cybersecurity officials are retiring from the bureau, the Wall Street Journal reports.

It comes at a time the country is facing unprecedented cyberthreats.

The Journal reports:

Scott Smith, the assistant FBI director who runs the Bureau’s cyber division, is leaving this month. His deputy, Howard Marshall, also left in recent weeks. Mr. Marshall has accepted a job at Accenture , a consulting firm that is expanding its cybersecurity portfolio. Mr. Smith is also expected to move to the private sector.

David Resch, executive assistant director of the FBI’s criminal, cyber, response and services branch, is departing the bureau as well. Mr. Resch, who was named to his senior post by FBI Director Christopher Wray in April, supervised Mr. Smith and Mr. Marshall.

Additionally, Carl Ghattas, executive assistant director of the FBI’s national security branch, has decided to leave for the private sector. And Jeffrey Tricoli, a senior FBI cyber agent who oversaw a Bureau task force addressing Russian attempts to meddle in U.S. elections,left last month for a senior vice president position at Charles SchwabCorp. , the Journal reported last week.

The FBI confirmed the departures. One U.S. official said more people are expected to leave soon, declining to provide additional names.

 

Secret Service Agent on Trump Detail in Scotland Dies at Age 42

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Secret Service agent Noel E. Remagen died after suffering a stroke while supporting President Donald Trump’s trip to Scotland, CNN reports.

The 42-year-old agent was working on protection for national security adviser John Bolton on the midnight shift when he was found to be unresponsive by colleagues at Trump’s Turnberry resort Saturday night, CNN reports.

He was rushed to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. A Secret Service press release says he passed away on Tuesday.

Remagen is survived by a wife and two small children, and was the son of a retired Secret Service employee.

Investor’s Business Daily Editorial: Did FBI Ignore Evidence That A ‘Foreign Entity’ Hacked Clinton’s Emails?

By Investor’s Business Daily
Editorial

Email Scandal: Last week we learned that a “foreign entity” may have been secretly receiving Hillary Clinton’s emails while she was Secretary of State, including many that contained classified information. And that the FBI apparently ignored this information during its “investigation.” The reaction by the press to this bombshell? Crickets.

At one point during Peter Strzok’s congressional testimony last week, Rep. Louie Gohmert made a stunning claim: FBI investigators were told that Clinton’s emails had been surreptitiously forwarded to a “foreign entity.” And the FBI investigators who were allegedly conducting a thorough, unbiased, professional probe into Clinton’s mishandling of classified materials ignored it.

To read the full editorial click here.

 

FBI Director Wray on Putin’s Offer: No Thanks

FBI Director Christopher Wray (file photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Thanks but no thanks.

That’s the message from FBI Director Christopher Wray, who says he’s not interested in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offer to have American investigators go to Russia to observe interviews of suspects wanted by the U.S.

“I never want to say never, but it’s certainly not high on our list of investigative techniques,” Wray said wryly at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Wednesday, according to Bloomberg News.

Wray also dismissed Putin’s proposed that Russian investigators be allowed to come to the U.S. and observe questioning of suspects that they’re interested in.

“That’s probably even lower on our list of investigative techniques,” Wray said.

On the Mueller probe, Wray said:

“I think it’s a professional investigation conducted by a man that I’ve known to be a straight shooter.”

How Much of Netflix’s Show ‘Narcos’ Is Real? A Former DEA Agent Addresses That

Steve Murphy (DEA photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Steve Murphy, a retired DEA agent who helped track down Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, talks about how realistic Netflix’s popular show ‘Narcos’ is.

“One-third of the show is true,” Murphy said, according to Real Clear Life. “Those events happened and they are depicted correctly. The second third, those events happened, but they’re not depicted the way they actually occurred. They dramatize it. They glorified it. They made it more exciting. They added sex to it and all that kind of stuff. And then the last third, well, that’s just straight out of Hollywood.

Real Clear Life writes:

Murphy’s exploits, alongside DEA partner Javier Peña, in the late 1980s and early 1990s form the basis of the Netflix drama Narcos…

Murphy and Peña were speaking to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) late last month as part of the DIA’s “Masterminds” guest speaker series. The DIA said the pair’s DEA work overlapped with their own because both agencies “play a role in transnational organized crime threats – to include narcotics and threat finance through the America’s Regional Center.”

The show is going into its fourth season.

DEA Unveils Billboards Discouraging Youth From Smuggling Drugs

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The DEA has unveiled new billboards at the border to discourage youngsters from smuggling drugs across the border, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

A billboard in Tijuana near the port of entry and two in San Ysidro along Interstates 5 and 805 were unveiled Monday.

Comey, A Long-time Republican, Urges People to Vote for Democrats; Blasts Trump

James Comey (Twitter photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-FBI Director James Comey is stepping outside his box.

Comey, who had been registered as a Republican most of his life, urged “all who believe in this country’s values” to vote for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections, CNN reports.

In a tweet on Tuesday evening, Comey called the Republican-held Congress “incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design.”

Opinion Piece By Ex-Fed Prosecutor: GOP Committee Seemed Intent on Using Strzok to ‘Cast Doubt on the FBI and Mueller Investigation’

Joseph Moreno is a former federal national security prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice and a former staff member to the FBI 9/11 Review Commission. He is now a white collar litigation partner at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft.

Joseph Moreno

By Joseph Moreno
The Hill

The House committees opted to haul (Peter) Strzok before them for multiple days to repeatedly revisit the issue of his alleged bias against President Trump. Instead of applying a careful investigative approach, Republicans in the majority seemed primarily intent on using the Strzok hearing to cast doubt on the FBI and the Mueller investigation. The minority Democrats, understandably frustrated, did themselves few favors by veering too far in the opposite direction by heaping praise on Strzok. They likely would have been more effective had they simply issued a statement condemning the hearing and walked out.

These are serious times that call for serious oversight. The House committees had a prime opportunity to conduct a real hearing, sort out true issues versus distractions, and focus on restoring confidence in the FBI and another serious investigation, which is that of the special counsel into Russian meddling with our American election system.

We know the Russian government conducted active measures to interfere in the 2016 election. The intelligence community, the House, and the Senate have all confirmed this. We know that Mueller has conducted a professional investigation that has borne more fruit with indictments of Russian intelligence officers for hacking networks and email accounts related to the Democratic Party. We know the special counsel team has secured guilty pleas relating to multiple individuals associated with the Trump campaign for lying about their interactions with Russians.

To read the full piece click here.