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FBI Seizes Work Email Account of Fired Ford Motor Co. Engineer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has copies of the work email account of a fired Ford Motor Co. engineer who is accused of hiding listening devices in the automaker’s conference rooms, the Detroit News reports.

The contents of the email account include files, pictures, drafts, address boxes, contact lists and calendar data of fired Ford engineer Sharon Leach.

“We continue to work with the FBI on this investigation that we initiated and requested assistance on from the FBI,” Ford spokeswoman Susan Krusel said Thursday.

In a previous raid, the FBI has took possession of the 43-year-old’s personal email accounts and searched her home, finding eight secret listening devices, the Detroit News wrote.

Ford fired her in June after she admitted installing the audio equipment.

Ill. State Police Worked With FBI in Blago Case; Pretended Not to Know About Bugs

Blagojevich as governor/state photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

When it came to loyalty, the Illinois State Police chose the FBI over Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that in the Fall of 2008, the Illinois State Police, tasked with protecting the governor, passed on a chance to help him find listening devices at his North Side campaign office.

The paper reports that Blagojevich ordered a state police technician to search the campaign office for bugs.

The tech told the Blago staff that no bugs were found, even though there were some and he knew where they were, the paper reported.

The Sun-Times reports that the state police were working with the FBI on the probe and providing critical info.

The Sun-Times reported that Blago and his wife Pattie were surprised by the revelation.

“Wow,” Blagojevich told the paper. He described the State Police security detail as “quasi-family.”

Opening statements are set to begin Monday in ex-governor’s retrial.