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Update: Police Say of FBI Agent Who Crashed Car and Killed Teen: Alcohol and Excessive Speed “Likely Contributors”

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Authorities said Wednesday that a D.C. FBI agent involved in a crash Monday night that killed a teen in suburban D.C. submitted to a breathalyzer test and that alcohol and excessive speed seemed to be “likely contributors.”

Cpl. Henry Tippet, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County police, told ticklethewire.com that  Lawrence Garner, 18, was heading southbound on North Keys Road in Brandywine, Md.,  in a 2002 Hyundai Sonata shortly before 10 p.m. when a northbound car, a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero,  driven by the FBI agent,  crossed the center line and struck Garner.

Garner died and a male passenger in the car was treated at the hospital where he had been listed in stable condition, Tippet said.

The FBI agent was arrested and released around 2:40 a.m., Tippet said.  No charges were filed. Tippet said the matter is under investigation and the state’s attorney’s office will ultimately decide whether to file charges.

Authorities did not release the name of the agent, who recently transferred from the FBI’s Newark Division to Washington.

Paul Bresson, an FBI spokesman at headquarters said: “We are aware of the accident that involved one of our agents that resulted in a fatality and pass along condolences to the family and friends involved in this tragedy.”

The FBI declined to comment on the job status of the agent.

MTV Shows Photo of DiCaprio Playing a Young J. Edgar Hoover in Upcoming Film

DiCaprio as a young J. Edgar Hoover/ mtv photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

MTV has posted a photo of Leonardo DiCaprio playing the late FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in the upcoming film “J Edgar”.

The film, being directed by Clint Eastwood, has been generating a buzz, particularly because Hoover is reportedly going to be portrayed as having an ongoing affair with his right hand man in the bureau, associate director Clyde Tolson.

MTV reports that the film is currently in production.

Eastwood has a reputation in Hollywood for quickly producing films. This one is expected to be out later this year.

FBI Searching for Assets in U.S. of Ousted Tunisian Pres. Ben Ali

Ousted Pres. Ben Ali

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to figure out if ousted Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and other officials have assets in the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reports.

Agents, along with a new Justice Department team, are looking for “proceeds of theft by foreign officials,” the Journal reported.

The paper reported that European nations have moved to freeze funds of Ben Ali they believe were stolen from his country.

Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia after he was ousted.

FBI Agent Taken Into Custody in Fatal Car Crash in Suburban D.C.


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It’s unclear where it all stands.

But Martin Weil of the Washington Post reports that an FBI agent was taken into custody following a fatal car crash Monday night in Prince George’s County, just outside of Washington.

The Post reported that an 18-year-old man was killed in the two-car crash in the Brandywine area of the county.

The agent, who was not named, was not charged and was later released, the paper reported. The police said the State’s Attorney’s Office will make a determination whether to file charges against the agent.

FBI Agents Nab New England Mobster in Idaho After 17 Years on the Lam

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After changing his name and being on the lam for 17 years, the FBI on Monday nabbed suspected New England mobster Enrico Ponzo in Idaho, the Boston Herald reported.

The paper reported that Ponzo, 42, — suspected of being part of New England’s Patriarca Family –faces a host of charges including racketeering, firearms offenses and conspiracy to murder.

The paper reported that he is expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Idaho on Wednesday where prosecutors will move to ship him back to Boston to face a 40-count indictment.  He was arrested in the town of Marsing in southwestern Idaho.

The FBI alleged that he was involved in multiple murder attempts including a botched one on crime boss “Cadillac” Frank Salemme in 1989, the paper reported.

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FBI Agent Warns Business Sector of Theft of Trade Secrets

FBI Agent Kevin Moberly/ticklethewire.com

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — In the most appropriate of places — the International Spy Museum in Washington — FBI Supervisory Special  Agent Kevin Moberly of the Economic Espionage Unit on Tuesday addressed a group of business people about the theft of corporate secrets.

“Who’s the target…? Pretty much everybody,” he told the group at a luncheon organized by the American Society of Industrial Security — National Capital Chapter and sponsored by NOVA Technical Services, a Virgina-based company that specializes in technical surveillance countermeasures.

Moberly said every aspect of corporate secrets seems to be fair game, from aerospace to biological and agricultural secrets, and the thieves can be competitors or foreign nations.

He told the business crowd what to be on the look out for with questionable employees: Frequent international travel; changes in behavior; an unexpected resignation and downloading data prior to leaving the company.

During the presentation, he noted that a Russian KGB agent in the 1980s said his nation only needed the defection of three American generals to win the cold war: General Motors, General Electric and General Dynamics.

He detailed the case against Dongfan “Greg” Chung, a Boeing stress analyst, who was busted for leaking highly classified information  to the Chinese government for decades. Agents found about 300,000 pages of trade secret-proprietary papers in his Southern California home on the U.S. space shuttle, a booster rocket and military troop transports.  He was sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison in 2010.

Moberly also warned that business people traveling abroad need to be careful about securing top secret materials in places like hotel rooms.  He showed a video of Chinese agents entering a hotel room with the help of the hotel employees, and going through an American businessman’s belongings in an apparent search of secrets. At some point, he said,  they discovered a hidden camera, which was installed by the American company, and wondered whose camera it was.

When asked by a member of the audience whether some companies refuse to cooperate with the FBI because they prefer that the theft of trade secrets not  be made public, he simply said: “Yes.”

Blago Attys Claim FBI Tape of Rahm Emanuel Missing

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

He’s back.

Ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich — a man who never saw a microphone he didn’t like — has filed a pretrial motion seeking what he says is missing evidence including records of a phone call between  Blagojevich aide John Harris and then White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, the Associated Press reported.

Blagojevich is set to face a second trial in Chicago  on public corruption charges April 20. The first one ended in an embarrassment for prosecutors who got a conviction on only one of 24 counts — lying to an FBI agent. The jury deadlocked on the rest.

AP reports that the motion claims the missing telephone conversation took place just a day before Blagojevich’s December 2008 arrest.

AP reported that the motion says the conversation could help the defense.

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Fla. Court of Appeals Will Hear Appeal of Ex-FBI Agent John Connolly on Murder Conviction

John Connolly-wbz-tv

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Boston FBI agent John Connolly, who authorities say stepped way over the line in his relationship with the mob, is appealing his 2008 second-degree murder conviction in the 1982 mob-related slaying of a gambling executive in Miami, the Associated Press reports.

AP reported that the Florida Court of Appeals will hear the appeal on Tuesday. Connolly, 70, was convicted of providing information to mobsters who put the hit on former World Jai-Alai President John Callahan.

He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

AP reports that Connolly’s attorneys are arguing that the statute of limitations expired on second-degree murder expired because Connolly never handled the murder weapon.

But prosecutors say Connolly was armed when he tipped off the mobsters in what resulted in the murder, AP reported.

At one time, Connolly was considered the FBI’s most effective mob investigator in Boston. He has a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard.

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