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Mass. Man Pleads Guilty to Spying for Israel

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Massachusetts man has copted a plea to trying to spy for Israel.

Elliot Doxer, 43, an employee of a high-tech company, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Boston federal court to foreign economic espionage for providing trade secrets over an 18-month period to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer.

The plea agreement said that on June 22, 2006, Doxer sent an email to the Israeli consulate in Boston saying he worked for the finance department of Akamai Technologies, Inc., and was willing to provide any information that might help Israel.

Authorities said Doxer said DOXER said his chief desire “was to help our homeland and our war against our enemies.” He also asked to be paid for the risks he was taking.

In September 2007, an FBI agent posing as an undercover Israeli intelligence officer spoke to Doxer and established a “dead drop” where the agent and Doxer could exchange written communications.

From October 2007 through March 2009, Doxer visited the dead drop at least 62 times to leave information, retrieve communications, and check for new communications.

Included in the trade secret information that Doxer provided the undercover agent were an extensive list of Akamai’s customers; contracts between the company and various customers revealing contact, services, pricing, and termination date information; and a comprehensive list of the company’s employees that revealed their positions and full contact information.

In a press release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston said:

“We acknowledge the Government of Israel for their cooperation in this investigation, and underscore that the Information does not allege that the government of Israel or anyone acting on its behalf committed any offense under U.S. laws in this case. We would also like to acknowledge and thank Akamai Technologies, Inc., for its assistance throughout all stages of the investigation and prosecution.”

Doxer was initially arrested on on Oct. 6, 2010.

 

Md. Man With Fake Teaching Credentials Gets 21 Months; Taught Law Enforcement Including FBI

William Hillar

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Who the heck is William G. Hillar?

Well, if you read his online bio you’d see that he had some darn impressive credentials in the military, had a Ph.d and he’s been raking in cash teaching, conducting workshops and giving speeches, and that he received training in counter-terrorism and psychological warfare while in the armed forces.

Problem is, federal authorities say, he’s a fraud.  His credentials were totally bogus.

On Tuesday, Hillar, 66, of Millersville, Md., was sentenced  in Baltimore federal court to 1 year and 9 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for lying about his military experience and academic credentials in order to gain employment for teaching and training. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $171,415 and perform 500 community hours at the Maryland State Veterans Cemeteries.

The Christian Science Monitor reported that he duped government agencies including the FBI’s Command College, which paid him $17,369 from 2000 to 2010, according to court documents.

“William G. Hillar claimed that he had earned praise as a hero, but the truth is that he deserves condemnation as a liar,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein in a statement. “He did not serve in the U.S. Army, did not receive military training in counter-terrorism and psychological warfare, and did not lose his daughter to sex traffickers.”

Authorities alleged that Hillar, for at least the past 10 years, has been teaching, leading workshops, giving speeches and conducting training for public and private sector clients under false pretenses.

A website that has been taken down contained a “Bio Info” page that stated “William G. Hillar is a retired Colonel of the U.S. Army Special Forces and had served in Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America, and his training included tactical counter-terrorism, explosive ordnance, emergency medicine and psychological warfare.

It also said Hillar “holds a B.A. in Psychology, and M.A. in Education, a Ph.D. in Health Education, and an honorary Doctorate in Intercultural Relations, authorities said.

But a court affidavits states that a search of military and civilian records for Hillar in November 2010 showed he had not served with the U.S. Army, and instead, was an enlisted sailor in the U.S. Coast Guard reserves from 1962 to 1970.

Authorities alleged that he was never deployed at the locations stated on his website, nor was he given any Coast Guard training in tactical counter-terrorism, explosive ordnance, emergency medicine and psychological warfare.

He attended the University of Oregon from 1970 to 1973, but he did not earn a Ph.D, authorities said.

Moreover, the government’s sentencing memorandum states that Hillar fabricated a gruesome tale that his own daughter had been kidnaped, forced into sex slavery, sodomized and tortured before being hacked to death with machetes and thrown into the sea.

He claimed that this experience and his life story was the basis for the 2008 film “Taken”. Authorities said the press attention from the film generated free press for Hillar.

Hillar admitted that he fabricated the story about his daughter, who was alive and well, authorities said.

 

Feds Bust San Francisco Giant Payroll Managers on Charges of Swiping $1.5 Mil

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It looks like it’s strike three for the ex-payroll manager for the San Francisco Giants.

The feds have charged Robin O’Connor, 41, of the San Francisco Bay area, with embezzling more than $1.5 million from the club’s employees, including players and buying fancy cars and a new home, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that the team confronted her in July and she admitted diverting more than $600,000 from two Giants employees. She was fire immediately, according to an FBI affidavit, AP reported.

“We immediately notified the United States Attorney’s office and are working with the federal authorities to ensure that this matter is thoroughly investigated and that any wrongdoing is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” the team said in a statement, according to AP.

A team audit showed she had made 11 suspicious bank deposits totaling $1,513,836, an FBI affidavit said.

AP reported that she made $80,000 and was eligible for bonuses.

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Tensions Grow Between FBI and Nigerian Law Enforcement

 
 
By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Tensions seem to be heating up between African authorities and the FBI, reports Afrigque en ligne.

Nigerian police and the State Security Service say they feel sidelined by FBI agents’ investigation of the recent UN-building bombing in the nation’s capital Abuja. Though security and intelligence agents in Nigeria said they felt “embarrassed and ridiculed” by the bombing, they said the FBI were bound to find little “due to the unfamiliar terrain and peculiar Nigerian environment.”

“FBI operatives and other foreign experts have been taking part in investigations into the bombings in the country from the October 1, 2010 incident to the June 16, 2011 Force Headquarters blast. Yet, they have not been able to provide any useful lead that could help us to apprehend the masterminds,’ said a local paper.

The CIA Wants Cuts in Ex-FBI Agent’s Book That’s Critical of Spy Agency

By SCOTT SHANE
New York Times

WASHINGTON — In what amounts to a fight over who gets to write the history of the Sept. 11 attacks and their aftermath, the Central Intelligence Agency is demanding extensive cuts from the memoir of a former F.B.I. agent who spent years near the center of the battle against Al Qaeda.

The agent, Ali H. Soufan, argues in the book that the C.I.A. missed a chance to derail the 2001 plot by withholding from the F.B.I. information about two future 9/11 hijackers living in San Diego, according to several people who have read the manuscript. And he gives a detailed, firsthand account of the C.I.A.’s move toward brutal treatment in its interrogations, saying the harsh methods used on the agency’s first important captive, Abu Zubaydah, were unnecessary and counterproductive.

Neither critique of the C.I.A. is new. In fact, some of the information that the agency argues is classified, according to two people who have seen the correspondence between the F.B.I. and C.I.A., has previously been disclosed in open Congressional hearings, the report of the national commission on 9/11 and even the 2007 memoir of George J. Tenet, the former C.I.A. director.

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Inmate With FBI Wire Helps Bust Cellmate Who Wanted Prosecutor Killed


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

With the help of a prisoner, who agreed to wear a wire, the FBI on Monday busted a 73-year-old man who wanted to have a Massachusetts prosecutor killed.

An affidavit by FBI agent Michael E. Dwyer said the FBI first received a letter from an inmate at the Worcester County House of Corrections on July 11, saying he wanted to speak to an FBI agent about an important matter.

Dwyer went to to the jail on July 28 and spoke to the inmate who said his former cellmate, Pernell Powell, wanted to have an Assistant District Attorney murdered, the affidavit said.  Powell was angry that the prosecutor recommended he serve four to six years for his fifth drunk driving offense.

The prison informant said Powell offered to pay $2,000 up front and another $2,000 after the job was done.

Earlier this month, the prison informant agreed to wear a wire and talk to Powell.

According to the affidavit, when the inmate asked Powell whether he was sure he wanted the prosecutor rubbed out,  Powell said:  “I want it. I mean what do you I put that money up for? I want his ass either way man”

The Telegram and Gazette reported that his next appearance is Sept. 6.

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FBI Says Ex-NBA Player Arrested at Calif. Airport on Murder Charge

 

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Authorities Monday night arrested ex-NBA player Javaris Crittenton at John Wayne Airport in Orange Co., Calif.,  on a murder charge out of Atlanta, the FBI said, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Crittenton was arrested at the airport while checking in for a red eye flight from LA to Atlanta, the paper reported.

Mr. Crittenton wants to clear his name,” attorney Brian Steel told the paper. “He’s innocent of the charges.”

Crittenton, 23, had a short-lived carreer in the NBA. He was traded his rook season to the Memphis Grizzlies, who sent him off to the Washington Wizards where he became better known for a gun incident in the locker room with star Gilbert Arenas in late 2009.

Both pulled guns on each other over a gambling dispute. Crittention was suspended by the NBA and got probation in the criminal case. He eventually ended up playing minor league basketball with the Dakota Wizards.

Authorities allege that he shot and killed a 22-year-old mother of four in Atlanta on Aug. 19. Reports indicated that the mother was not the intended target, but rather someone who Crittenton thought had stolen jewelry from him.

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NY Times Editorial: Didn’t FBI Learn Anything from Whitey Bulger Case?

Whitey Bulger/fbi

By The New York Times
Editorial Page

Cutting deals with criminal informants may, at times, be a necessary if unsavory part of law enforcement. But the benefits must outweigh the costs, and it is not clear the F.B.I.’s Boston office has mastered that balance.

A police wiretap referred to in documents filed in a Boston court shows the Mafia capo Mark Rossetti telling his F.B.I. handler that “he knows he will be protected for the crimes he has been committing with the knowledge of his handler.”

The crimes he was talking about include running a heroin and loan-sharking ring, for which Massachusetts indicted and locked him up last year. He is also being investigated for six murders. The Boston Globe reports that the Massachusetts State Police only learned about his link to the F.B.I. through its wiretaps of Mr. Rossetti.

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