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Retired FBI Intelligence Section Chief Cornelius Sullivan Dies at Age 84

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Retired FBI agent Cornelius “Neil” Sullivan, who was the section chief of the intelligence division and was credited with fostering improved relations with the CIA, died earlier this month in Silver Spring, Md. at age 84, the Washington Post reported.

Sullivan joined the FBI in 1951 and served in fields offices in Cleveland, Minneapolis and New York, the Post reported.

He later went to headquarters and retired in 1979 as section chief of intelligence, the Post reported.

Sullivan was born in Fall River, Mass. and joined the Navy at age 17 and served in the Pacific during World War II, the Post wrote. He graduated from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

He had been married for 44 years to Lucille Friedrich, who died in 1993.

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Who Is Under FBI Investigation Gets Up to 5 Years in Prison in State Court

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who is still the focus of an FBI probe into public corruption, was sentenced to serve 18 months to 5 years in prison for violating his probation in connection with his conviction for lying under oath in a police whistle blower case in state court.

The Detroit Free Press reported that Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner, in sentencing Kilpatrick, found he lied while on probation and hid money that was supposed to go toward repaying the city $1 million in restitution.

Kilpatrick asked for leniency, but the judge appeared to give his statements any weight, the Free Press reported.

“Probation is no longer an option,” Groner said. “That ship has sailed.”

Kilpatrick could be in far more trouble if he gets indicted for public charges stemming from his time as mayor.

To read full Detroit Free Press story click here.

FBI Reports Provide Details on the Surging Threats to Congress Members

Sen. Debbie Stabenow/ sen. photo

Sen. Debbie Stabenow/ sen. photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A surge of threats have been pouring into our nation’s lawmakers, and the FBI provided details to Politico.

One threat involved a voice mail message in February 2009 to Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mi.) , according to Politico:

“We’re gonna [expletive] get you,” the man said. “We’re gonna get you with a lot of [expletive] bolt action. Like we did RFK; like we did MLK. We know who you are. We’ll get you.”

Politico reported that Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer said threats against Capitol Hill lawmakers were up 300 percent in the first few months of 2010.

Politico received details of threats through a Freedom of Information Act Request to the FBI.

To read more click here.

Ex-FBI Linguist Gets 20 Months in Prison For Leaking Info to Blogger

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — An ex-FBI contract linguist with top security clearance is headed off to prison for one year and eight months for leaking classified documents  to a blogger.

U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams in Greenbelt, Md. sentenced Shamai Kedem Leibowitz, aka Samuel Shamai Leibowitz, 40, of Silver Spring, Md.,  and ordered that he be under supervision for three years following his release.

Leibowitz, an Israeli-American lawyer, had been translating intercepted phone calls for the FBI from Hebrew to English and working out of the Calverton, Md. FBI office.

“The willful disclosure of classified information to those not entitled to receive it is a serious crime,” David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, said in a statement. “Today’s sentence should serve as a warning to anyone in government who would consider compromising our nation’s secrets.”

In April 2009, Leibowitz  leaked  five secret documents relating to “the communication intelligence activities of the United States” to a blogger, who posted some of the information for all to see, authorities said.

“As a trusted member of the FBI ranks, Leibowitz abused the trust of the FBI and the American public by using his access to classified information for his own purposes,” said Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely.

He had been described in numerous press reports as being an Israeli peace activist.

FBI Report Says Major Crimes Including Murder and Rape Down in 2009

fbi crime report graphicBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Murders, robberies and rapes were down in the U.S. in 2009, according to the FBI’s Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report released Monday.

The report said violent crimes were down 5.5 percent over last year and property crimes dropped 4.9 percent.

More specifically, robberies dropped 8.1 percent; murder, 7.2 percent; aggravated assault, 4.2 percent; and forcible rape, 3.1 percent, the report said. Violent crime dropped 4 percent in metropolitan counties and 3.0 percent in non-metropolitan counties.

The report said the largest dip in murders —7.5 percent—was in cities with populations ranging from 500,000 to 999,999. Murders were up overall — 5.3 percent — in cities of 25,000 to 49,999.

Car theft was also down 17.2 percent.

Wisc. Narcotics Cop Who Fled FBI Agents to Plead Guilty in FBI Sting

beeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.

A Wisconsin state narcotics agent, who fled in his car when confronted by FBI agents last March,  is expected to plead guilty to stealing $1,100 in an FBI sting, according to the Associated Press.

Johnny Santiago, a special agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice,  is expected to plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee, AP reported.

According to an affidavit filed in court in March by FBI agent Susan Blish, the agent said she and FBI agent Daniel Hargreaves planted $17,740 in cash in a vacant store front in Milwaukee as part of an investigation into theft of cash by police.

The placement of the cash was videotaped and the video continued to play as Milwaukee police and Santiago,a state special agent, entered the store around 1:25 p.m.

The videotape shows Santiago discovering the cash and reporting it to the other police officers. As is policy in the Milwaukee police department, a lieutenant arrived at the scene and counted the cash.

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Weekend Series on History: Nixon Gets FBI Honor

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FBI Pursued Sources of Legendary Columnist Robert Novak in the 1980s

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Robert Novak/meet the press

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Legendary syndicated newspaper column Robert Novak, who was nicknamed “The Prince of Darkness”,  was on the FBI’s radar way before he stepped into a controversy in 2003 by publishing the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame.

The Washington Post’s Joe Stephens reports that just obtained FBI records show the FBI had launched three leak investigations in the 1980s seeking Novak’s sources as a result of two columns and after a 1983 appearance on the tv show “The McLaughlin Group”.

Stephens reports that agents “conducted interviews, reviewed appointment calendars, requested polygraph tests and considered using an administrative subpoena to obtain phone records, they apparently were unable to confirm the identity of any of the sources.”

Novak, who worked for the Chicago Sun-Times,  died of a brain tumor on Aug. 18, 2009.

To read more click here.