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FBI Contract Linguist Pleads Guilty to Leaking Top Secret Documents to a Blog

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — An FBI contract linguist with top security clearance, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to providing classified documents to an Internet blog, which published some of the information.

Shamai Kedem Leibowitz, 39, of Silver Spring, Md., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md., to disclosing to an unauthorized person 5 “Secret” FBI documents that contained classified information, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

His plea agreement calls for a sentence of 20 months in prison, but the sentencing judge does not have to accept the agreement.

The one-page criminal information did not disclose any details of the documents that related to communication intelligence activities of the U.S.

“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,”  FBI special agent in charge Richard McFeely of Baltimore in a prepared statement.

Leibowitz worked as an FBI contract linguist in the FBI’s Calverton, Md. office from January to August 2009.

Blago’s Attorney Could Call Pres. Obama as a Witness in June 3 Trial

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich in happier days

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich in happier days

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The realty-TV feel of the ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich public corruption case could get all the more intense if the defense calls President Barack Obama as a witness.

One of Blagojevich’s attorneys, Samuel Adams, on Wednesday hinted of the possibility of calling the President as a witness during trial, saying it would be “an awesome experience in any career” to question the leader of the Free World, according to Associated Press.

But Adams said it was too soon to tell whether it will be necessary, the AP reported. The President-elect had been interviewed by the FBI after allegations surfaced that the colorful Blagojevich was trying to sell Obama’s vacated senate seat. Obama is not suspected of any wrongdoing.

Blagojevich, who has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, faces a 19-count indictment that  includes allegatations of trying to sell the senate seat and fundraising abuses.  Trial is set for June 3.

FBI Arrests NY Man for Pirating “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”

x_men_origins_wolverine_movie_poster4By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Film pirating is serious business in California.

The latest turn in the never-ending problem came Wednesday morning when FBI agents arrested a New York man for unlawfully distributing  a pirated copy of the movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” before it was officially released in theaters.

The FBI said it  arrested Gilberto Sanchez, 47, at his home in the Bronx without incident. A federal grand jury in Los Angeles had indicted him on Dec. 10.

Authorities allege that Sanchez had uploaded  the copyrighted “X-Men Origins: Wolverine to www.Megaupload.com last spring.

“The  film was uploaded prior to its theatrical release,” said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller in Los Angeles. ” The investigation into the initial compromise of the film is continuing.  Additional arrests have not been ruled out.”

Uploading a copyrighted work to the Internet carries a statutory maximum penalty of three years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine or twice the
gross gain or gross loss attributable to the offense, whichever is greater, authorities said.

NY FBI to Form Squad to Help 9/11 Prosecutors

Khalid Sheik Mohammad

Khalid Sheik Mohammed

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The feds are taking the upcoming 9/11 trial quite seriously.

Richard Kolko, an FBI spokesman in New York,  said the agency will be forming a squad to assist the prosecutors in preparing the case against alleged mastermind of the plot, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others.

The squad, he said,  will include “agents, analysts and other professional support with a wide variety of experience working on major trials and investigations. Many of the personnel have worked the 9/11 investigation since the beginning.”

“The squad will function as a task force with members from NYPD, PAPD, FDNY and several other agencies,” Kolko said in a prepared statement. “Their role will be to provide investigative support throughout the legal proceedings. We will provide additional information on this squad in the near future.”

Kolko said the squad will currently have more than a dozen people, but that could grow if necessary.

D.C. Judge Releases Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for 28 Years: Expresses Anger over Faulty FBI Analysis

washington-dc-map2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A D.C. judge on Tuesday angrily criticized the government for relying on  erroneous testimony of an FBI analyst in a case in which a man was imprisoned for 28 years for a rape/murder he didn’t commit, the Washington Post reported.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Fred B. Ugast ordered Donald Eugene Gates, 58, released after DNA evidence showed someone else killed Catherine Schilling, 21, a Georgetown University student in the city’s sprawling Rock Creek Park in 1981.

The FBI analyst incorrectly linked two hairs belonging to an African American to Gates. They were found on the victim, the Post reported.

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Texas Agent Who Shot and Killed Chihuahua Named “Sassy” No Longer With FBI

FBI Agent Shot A Chihuahua Just Like This One/istock photo
FBI Agent Shot A Chihuahua Just Like This One/istock photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Texas FBI agent who shot and killed his neighbor’s 3 pound Chihuahua named “Sassy” with a pellet rifle in the Waco, Tex. area in 2008, is no longer with the FBI.

Erik Vasys, an FBI spokesman in San Antonio, on Tuesday confirmed that agent Leslie Ledger, 41, was “no longer an employee of the FBI.”  He declined to discuss the circumstances behind Ledger’s departure several weeks ago. Ledger had been under internal investigation for the shooting, and had been  expected to face some type of discipline, in all likelihood ranging from a suspension to a firing.

“Personnel actions are matters between the FBI and the employee themselves,” Vasys said in a statement. “As such, the Federal Privacy Act prohibits any further comment by the FBI on these matters.”

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Mobster Henry Hill of “Goodfellas” Fame in Trouble Again

GoodfellasBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Henry Hill, the real life mobster turned FBI snitch who inspired the movie “Goodfellas”, is in trouble again.

Fairview Heights, Ill.  Police arrested Hill, 66, on Sunday at a hotel for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, the Associated Press reported.

The paper reports Hill was in the area for a showing of his art work.

Hill told the Belleville News-Democrat he had  “one too many” drinks in a hotel lobby and that things “got pretty foggy after that.”

Hill, who was played by actor Ray Liotta in the movie Goodfellas, is free on bond.

The FBI got Hill to snitch on the mob after busting him for drugs. He was booted from the witness protection program after getting busted on drugs in the 1990s.

Earlier this year, in California,  Hill was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts of public intoxication.

Actor Ray Liotta Played Hill in This Movie

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_ff46b58Hk

FBI Investigating Sports Doctor Who Treated Tiger Woods

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Now comes the unwanted publicity associated with golf legend Tiger Woods.

The New York Times is reporting that the FBI is investigating a Canadian doctor, a sports medicine specialist, who has treated Woods, plus an untold number of N.F.L. players and Olympic medalists.

Investigators are looking into allegations that the doctor, Anthony Galea, provided athletes with performance-enhancing drugs, the Times reported, attributing the information to “several people who have been briefed on the investigation.”

Galea was busted at the U.S. Canada border in September after carrying a human growth hormone and Actovegin, a drug extracted from calf’s blood, in his medical bag. Actovegin is illegal in the U.S.

Canadian authorities are investigating him, the Times reported.

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