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Michigan Man Charged with Extorting Money from John Stamos Says FBI Destroyed Compromising Photos of Actor; FBI Denies That

John Stamos

John Stamos

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A northern Michigan man busted by the FBI on charges of trying to extort $680,000 from actor John Stamos, said his plan was to sell unflattering photos of the actor as part of a legit business transaction. He said it was not part of any extortion plot as the government claims, the Associated Press reported.

The claims came in court filings in Michigan on Tuesday. The defendant, Scott Sippola also claimed in court papers that the FBI destroyed the unwholesome photos of Stamos, AP reported.

The FBI said no pictures that would have embarrassed Stamos even existed, the AP reported.

The government says they tried to get $680,000 from Stamos. Assistant U.S. Attorney Maarten Vermaat says Sippola’s claims are a “standard defense in blackmail cases.”

Stamos’ TV credits include “ER” and “Full House.”

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FBI Trying to Modernize in Areas Like Paying Informants

atmBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is finally stepping into the 21st Century when it comes to things like paying informants.

The website Main Justice reports that the FBI plans to issue agents debit cards to pay informants. Currently, agents have to cash  bureau-issued checks to pay an informant.

The site also reported that the agency is looking into automating requests for telephone records and using voice recognition software for agents to dictate interviews.

“We’ve been looking at what takes people away from their investigative work,” David Schlendorf, acting Assistant Director of the FBI’s Resource Planning Office told Main Justice.

“A lot of that is administrative work. We’ve been asking: What we can do to eliminate that? How can we make this more efficient?”

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Man Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI About Bomb Threat at Oklahoma Sports Arena

tulsaBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There are lies. And then there are big fat lies that can land you behind bars.

Daniel Gerald Peterson, 26, told one of those big fat lies, and on Monday he pleaded guilty in Minneapolis federal court to providing the FBI with false information about a bomb threat he made up, authorities said.

Peterson admitted that on September 13, 2009, he told the FBI that someone was planning to bomb the Bank of Oklahoma Center, a sports arena, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The FBI conducted an extensive investigation and determined the story was made up, the FBI said.

He faces up to five years in prison.

FBI Arrests 10 Suspected Russian Spies

spy graphicBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Who says the Cold War is over?

The FBI said Monday that it had arrested 10 people for allegedly spying for Russia in the U.S., the Associated Press reported.

The new service said the goal was to penetrate U.S. government policy making circles.

The Associated Press reported that court papers show federal investigators intercepted a message from from Russian intelligence headquarters in Moscow to two of the defendants stating their they were to “search and develop ties in policymaking circles in US” and send intelligence reports.

One intercepted message showed the defendants focusing on turnover at the top echelon of the CIA and the 2008 presidential election.

To read more of the AP report click here.

Justice Dept., FBI, DEA Getting First Hand Look at Afghanistan Corruption

afghanistan mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Members of the Justice Department, FBI and DEA in Afghanistan are getting a first hand look at corruption and how certain citizens are being protected from prosecution and arrest, the Washington Post reports.

The Post reports that the Afghanistan government has repeatedly derailed criminal investigations of connected citizens. The U.S. investigators have  been providing assistance in Afghanistan  including wiretap technology.

“Above a certain level, people are being very well protected,” a senior U.S. official involved in the investigations to the Post.

Karzai spokesman Waheed Omar denied investigations had been derailed, the Post said.

To read more click here.

2 Men Posing as FBI Agents Rob Nebraska Man

nebraskaBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two men posing as FBI agents robbed a 31-year-old man early Sunday morning in Lincoln, Neb., authorities said, according to the news website 1011Now.com.

Lincoln police said the man was walking down the street arouned 2:30 a.m. when the two men confronted him and asked to see his wallet, the website reported.

The men assaulted the victim and took off with his wallet, the website reported.

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Timothy Murhpy to Fill in At FBI #2 Spot; Likely Candidate to Get Permanent Nod

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Timothy Murphy, the FBI’s number three person, will fill in for John Pistole, the number two person, and is a likely candidate to take over that spot permanently, sources familiar with the situation tell ticklethewire.com.

Pistole will be leaving the FBI to head up the the Transportation Security Administration.  The U.S. Senate confirmed his presidential appointment on Friday.

Michael P. Kortan, the chief FBI spokesman, declined on Saturday to comment or speculate on the matter.

In 2008, Murphy rose to the number three spot — Associate Deputy Director in charge of FBI personnel, budget, administration and infrastructure. He was previously assistant Director of the FBI’s Finance Division.

He began his FBI career in 1988 Murphy. He served in four field offices, including Newark, Tampa, Washington and Cincinnati , where he worked cases in a variety of areas including counterterrorism, organized crime and drugs and as a pilot in the aviation program.

In the Washington field office, he worked an assistant special agent in charge and he served as a special agent in charge in Cincinnati.

At headquarters, some of his posts included supervisory special agent in the Executive Development and Selection Program, unit chief of the Senior Executive Service Unit, unit chief of the Director’s Research Group and special assistant to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, according to an FBI bio.