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SAC Walked-out, Details Hidden

                                                 FBIHQ, Washington, D.C.

                                                 FBIHQ, Washington, D.C.

Sources advise the Underground that an FBI Special Agent-In-Charge (SAC), who they identified by name,  was escorted out of his office by security officials in January 2014.   Our Sources disclosed the allegations that the SAC had faced, which if true, were possible crimes related to manipulating government contracts, lying and having undisclosed personal contacts with a foreign national.   I checked FBI press releases trying to corroborate what my Sources said.  We all know that FBIHQ has a complete, uncompromising commitment to making timely, ethical and transparent disclosures about the missteps of its executives. So I figured the press releases would contain the information.  But there wasn't a word about it in any FBIHQ press release.   Hmm!  I checked to see if maybe FBI Assitant Director Candice Will had slammed the SAC, as she does so often to FBI brick agents, in one of her quarterly vilifying publications sent to all FBI employees.   Surely Will would have issued a paragraph embarrassing and demeaning the SAC just as she does to brick agents.  My Sources said that nothing about the SAC being walked out was in any of Will's publications. 

An agent knowledgeable about the incident pointed out that, after all, the SAC was a member of the vaunted and exclusive roles of FBI upper-management.  As such, he was important because he was an executive. The agent reminded us that executive standards of "Integrity" are known to employees to be at times a bit, well, "fluid".  Another agent said that initially the SAC had been protected by only being demoted, rather than fired or prosecuted.  Then smoking gun evidence surfaced and the SAC's friends in the executive ranks could not shield him any longer from being removed.  But FBIHQ did do a very good job for him by keeping the entire affair well hidden from the press and employees. 

I could corroborate through public documents that, mysteriously, the SAC seemed to have disappeared from public view after January 2014. That was the same time that my Sources said the SAC was walked out of their FBI office by security.  Around that time, press releases routinely issued where SACs claim personal credit for the hard work of FBI brick agents, had suddenly stopped being publicized containing this SAC's name.  Then unexpectedly I came across an obscure, and apparently unnoticed footnote contained in a June 2014 letter to FBI Director Comey, written by United States Senator Charles Grassley.  I paraphrase that footnote here:  

On February 26, 2014, the Department of Justice Inspector General (DOJ IG) provided the FBI with a Report of Investigation (ROI) regarding an FBI Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC) who  engaged in a protracted sexual relationship with a foreign national that he deliberately concealed from the FBI; the SAC disclosed sensitive FBI information to the foreign national; and misused FBI-issued iPads and an FBI-issued Blackberry device by allowing the foreign national to use them on numerous occasions, and by using the Blackberry device to exchange sexually explicit communications with the foreign national. Also, the Inspector General found that the SAC lied about permitting the foreign national to use the FBI-issued iPads and Blackberry; the SAC apparently did not admit the truth until a compelled polygraph examination. In sum, in addition to lacking candor and using poor judgment, the investigation found that the SAC's actions violated several FBI policies relating to personal conduct, ethics, security self-reporting requirements, and the provision of false or misleading information on employment and security documents.  Despite this finding by OIG and a disciplinary action proposed by the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, the FBI had not issued a final determination on this disciplinary action as of June 24, 2014 – four months after receiving the ROI from the Inspector General.  In fact, the only "discipline" that had been imposed on the SAC was the FBI's approval of the SAC's own request for a demotion to a GS-13 position.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Senator Grassley

                                                                                                                                                                                   Senator Grassley

Wow!  The June 2014 letter from Senator Grassley to FBI Director Comey did not contain the name of the demoted SAC so we could not compare it to the name of the SAC given by our sources.  The IG report from which Senator Grassley quoted in his footnote was not attached to the letter released by his Senate Office.  Could the SAC mentioned in Senator Grassley's letter possibly be the same SAC about whom our sources had informed us?   The dates and allegations matched up, but as FBI insiders know, there could easily be two, or more, executives engaged in exactly this type of nefarious activity at any one time.  So one must be careful rushing to judgment.   To try and get to the bottom of this, I filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with both the FBI and the DOJ IG.  I identified the SAC by name to the FBI Records Division, and the IG and asked for documents evidencing the SAC's removal from his position.  Both the FBI and IG responded to the FOIAs in writing, using boilerplate language, basically telling me I could go to hell.   For upper-management in the Records Division I guess transparency is also a "fluid" word. 

We called and emailed the FBI National Press Office for comment.  In a new twist on the standard "we neither confirm nor deny", the Press Office simply ignored us, never responding to or acknowledging our inquiries. 

So we wait. And we wonder, if like so many other rogue FBI executives before him, will this SAC (or possibly these two SACs) get away without accountability and ride off into a happy sunset of premium retirement employment?   Will the SAC who is written about in Senator Grassley's letter to Director Comey ever have his name disclosed as being associated with those disgusting allegations?  Disclosure the FBI was very quick to make upon discovery (and rightly so) when it came to actions by lower-level agents like Matthew Lowry and Scott Bowman.  Lowry pled guilty to stealing heroin from an FBI evidence vault.  Bowman, a former Los Angeles-based agent, is alleged to have stolen cash being held as evidence in drug prosecutions.    Lowry was not charged until March 2015, but FBI officials were openly talking in the press about his case as early as November 2014.  In Bowman's case,  he wasn't charged with any crime until his Indictment in June 2015.  Yet, months earlier, an FBI Press Relations official, told the Los Angles CBS affiliate, when questioned about Bowman, "that FBI personnel are held to the highest standards, and misconduct of any kind is taken seriously.” 

Yes, that statement by the FBI press official seems at least partially true.  Misconduct of any kind is taken seriously at the FBI, at least for lower-level FBI agents like Bowman and Lowry, whose names were promptly and publically disclosed.  But what about disclosing information about the misconduct of our executives, like the SAC discussed in Senator Grassley's letter?  

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