Did FBIHQ Execs Leak Sealed Court Docs to Former Colleague?
An official FBI email proves retired FBI executives can ask for whatever they want from their FBIHQ buddies. Even if it's Sealed court documents or restricted FBI files.
Recently I heard some retired brick agents lamenting the way they were treated when contacting their local FBI Field Office. The retired brick agents were calling to report information about crimes. The retired agents said they were ignored, given the runaround, or told they could not speak directly to an agent or supervisor. One retired brick agent played the “I’m a retired agent” card and was rudely advised retired agents are people who have had their fun and should move on. Another retired agent said an onboard employee told him most ex-agents are "scammers" who are trying to "get over" on the system by cashing in on their FBI employment. Well, clearly the retired brick agents voicing these complaints came from the unwashed, blue-collar part of the FBI, NOT from the vaunted Illuminati of the FBI’s Senior Executive Service (SES). As an official FBI email thread proves, members of the retired SES Club don't just enjoy direct access to FBIHQ officials, but they appear to get whatever they want from their onboard SES FBI buddies. Even if what they want are sealed court documents that are restricted in the FBI computer system; and they can get those documents fast!
The official email thread to which we are referring contains a blatant, disturbing request. A retired FBI executive asks a current, high-ranking FBI executive to delve into active FBI investigative files, retrieve reports of statements made by FBI defendants in an ongoing investigation, provide a summary of those interview reports and an analysis of the government’s prosecutive theory about a publicly traded company’s culpability in the crime. The purpose for the retired FBI executive’s request as given in his email? He claimed to have a client who would benefit from the information! Outrageous! The client mentioned had previously filed a lawsuit seeking damages of millions of dollars. But that litigation had been dismissed a year previous to the email. A person knowledgeable about the email determined it was doubtful the retired FBI executive had any connection to the company that he claimed to represent. So with no pending litigation and a questionable connection to the company it is unclear why the retired executive was asking for such highly sensitive FBI information in the first place.
Brick Agents often wait long periods of time for even an FBIHQ middle-management repsonse on critical issues related to pending investigations. But that's not the case if you're retired from the mighty cabal of the SES. Guess how long it took the high-ranking FBIHQ official to start tracking down the sensitive FBI information requested by his retired buddy? Twenty-four minutes! Quite a contrast to the experiences of my fellow retired brick-agents who were ignored, insulted and rebuffed for trying to report incidents of suspected terrorism and the activity of a child predator. In fact, various FBIHQ executives bounced the retired executive's unethical email request around to each other at lightning speed adding helpful input and suggestions along the way about where and how to locate the requested information quickly. Not one FBIHQ executive paid any attention to what read in the email thread like a completely improper, if not illegal request made by the retired executive. Makes one curious as to how often this type of information is sought from those remarkable leaders at FBIHQ!
Set aside the potential crime of leaking law enforcement information to a private citizen for their financial gain. Instead, focus on those two disturbing factors in the official email thread. One, that the email was forwarded to no less than seven FBI Senior Executive Service members and that each, rather than putting the brakes on the effort to pirate confidential FBI investigative information, instead helpfully advanced it. Included in the conspiracy were Assistant Directors, Deputy Assistant Directors, and Section Chiefs! The email thread shows that the assignemnt of the task for extracting the information from the FBI file is dumped on a lowly Unit Chief. At first the Unit Chief refused to respond to the order in the email thread, claiming to another agent that they were fearful and aware of another FBI employee being indicted for similar behavior! But their Section Chief pressed them again a week later, in essence ordering the Unit Chief to obtain the requested information right away so it could be passed back to the requesting retired executive. Secondly, the original email was sent from the retired executive to the official FBI email account of the high-ranking FBI executive. And follow-up was made through official FBI email to the other seven SES members. They know that FBI email traffic is archived, they just don’t care, because no one would ever dare to question them. The use of their official email and the lack of these executives having the integrity to stop the effort, or even question it, provides stunning insight, demonstrating the executives had no fear of being discovered and proving that their SES club is indeed a closed fraternity.
But because most FBI executives don't have much real-world investigative knowledge our conspirators apparently failed to foresee that the confidential information being sought was subject to a Sealing Order by a federal judge. The FBI executives that were servicing their retired friend clearly made inquiry into the FBI's computer system to determine which FBI file contained the coveted information. But there was a problem, you see, the statements sought were restricted from access in the FBI computer except to personnel directly assigned to the investigation. So the executives had to contact an FBI employee who did have access rather than just being able to view the statements themselves from FBIHQ. And that's exactly what they instructed their minion, the Unit Chief, to do. The Underground has seen the email and confirmed that the confidential information from the restricted FBI file was received by the high-ranking executive crew at FBIHQ. What isn't known is whether or not the information was then passed to the retired executive, but we know on which outcome we would place our bet. If the requested information was passed back to the retired agent, then it was done in contempt of a federal court order.
The Underground confirmed that the email chain and its potential criminality were reported to officials at the FBI and DOJ. An FBI Section Chief told the Underground's editor that "this incident is getting serious attention at the highest levels of the FBI." Then, unbelievably, a few weeks later the FBI promoted a main perpetrator in the scheme, and another executive who played a key role in tracking down the confidential information obtained a lucrative private sector job. So much for taking potential criminal allegations seriously! In the interim, let's examine how FBI executives treated others who were not part of their SES cult:
Earlier this year news outlets reported that the FBI investigated an NYPD auxiliary officer who they claimed improperly accessed FBI databases. "As alleged (in the charges) the officer illegally accessed sensitive law enforcement computer systems for his own personal gain," said Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the FBI's New York field office. This type of behavior betrays the public's trust and cannot be tolerated." And former FBI Supervisor Pete Norell Jr. resigned after he admitted to a misdemeanor charge of illegally accessing a computer and obtaining FBI information to assist someone in recovering a debt. The FBI showed no hesitation in prosecuting Norell! And the Underground is aware of at least two recent, separate brick agents being fired related to allegations of improper inquiry of an FBI computer.
The FBI has so far refused to produce the email chain to the Underground pursuant to Freedom of Information Act demands. The FBI claims the email chain is "personal information," classifying their exemption from production under the same one allowed if an employee's personal medical information had been requested. After the lengthy administrative process is exhausted by the Underground, we look forward to the FBI explaining that rationale to a federal judge. The Underground will publish the entire email chain once the FBI is ordered to produce it. Meanwhile, we recall a posting on the FBI's Office of Integrity and Compliance website "...the ethics and compliance programs ensure that the FBI's corporate culture is built on the highest of ethical and professional standards."
When it comes to accessing FBI information for personal gain, we all know that the "corporate culture" definitely applies to brick agents, but what about the Senior Executive Service?