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?