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Indicted Democratic IT staffers suspected of selling sensitive info to hostile foreign governments

Update on Democratic IT scandal: Investigators now suspect that the computer staffers, hired by numerous Democratic legislators (most notably former party head Debbie Wasserman Schultz) and already indicted for bank fraud, might have stolen and sold sensitive data to hostile foreign governments.

Investigators now suspect that sensitive US government data — possibly including classified information — could have been compromised and may have been sold to hostile foreign governments that could use it to blackmail members of Congress or even put their lives at risk. “This is a massive, massive scandal,” a senior US official familiar with the widening probe told The Post.

Alarm bells went off in April 2016 when computer security officials in the House reported “irregularities” in computer equipment purchasing. An internal investigation revealed the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars in government property, and evidence pointed to five IT staffers and the Democratic Congress members’ offices that employed them. The evidence was turned over to the House inspector general, who found so much “smoke” that she recommended a criminal probe, sources say. The case was turned over to Capitol Police in October.

When the suspected IT workers couldn’t produce the missing invoiced equipment, sources say, they were removed from working on the computer network in early February.

During the probe, investigators found valuable government data that is believed to have been taken from the network and placed on offsite servers, setting off more alarms. Some 80 offices were potentially compromised.

Wasserman Schultz is especially suspect here. While every other Democratic lawmaker fired these IT staffers months ago, Wasserman Schultz kept them on her payroll (though they had lost security clearance and could do no work for her) and has gone out of her way to hinder the investigations.

Note that this is real scandal, involving actual indictments, the misuse of sensitive government data by foreign nationals of countries not friendly to the United States, and the possibly blackmailing of elected officials. Too bad our insane media today is trapped in a bubble and can no longer see a scoop, even when it is forced down their throats.

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6 comments

  • eddie willers

    I think we’ll know when Mueller has reached this part. His investigation will quietly go away.

  • Chris

    Why does a political person of either stripe get to pick who has access to the Congress IT.

  • wayne

    Chris-
    interesting question which gets into a lot of structural issues that have crept into all levels of Government and not just Federal.

    Short answer– Congress exclusively runs itself & writes all their own Rules. Except for the establishing language in the Constitution, they have created their own Institution and Culture. (It’s THEM vs. US, make no mistake. There’s no abstract “Government Structure” to which these people show allegiance. They swear an Oath to the Constitution, but they don’t really care about it, they run the Show.)
    They do have the permanent Civil Service folks who handle the back-office functions, but they answer to Congress and don’t directly make Policy. Everyone else,which is a substantial number of staffers, is basically on the Patronage System, which we aren’t supposed to have but still exists in large measure (Which in many but not all respects I would argue, was often better, in that there was a time when everyone got fired when an Administration changed hands. You got rid of all your opponents and all of their entourage.)
    Someone like a Wasserman Schultz, with her position, would be given even more power to allocate goodies to her friends.

  • Laurie

    In light of this, the idea that Wikileaks obtained the emails, etc. from an insider rather than a state-sponsored hack on the part of “the Russians” seems more than plausible.

    I, for one, tend to believe the opposite of what the DNC has been saying, along with those who have been speaking out on behalf of national intelligence.

  • Edward

    wayne wrote: “It’s THEM vs. US, make no mistake. There’s no abstract “Government Structure” to which these people show allegiance. They swear an Oath to the Constitution, but they don’t really care about it, they run the Show.

    Correct. The Constitution that they are supposed to protect and uphold is written so that it limits governmental power. This is why our public servants, such as Obama, describe it as a document of negative rights.

    Since “public institutions,” such as schools and parks, are owned and operated by government, the “public” that these public servants serve is not We the People. It is not us being served but them. They serve themselves, especially to our money. In this case, they also served themselves to sensitive info, which they then sold for even more money. What loyal servants they are.

  • Max

    https://squawker.org/all/steven-wasserman-brother-of-debbie-wasserman-schultz-to-oversee-awan-family-investigation/
    Once all the evidence has been found and destroyed (by accident) no charges will be filed. She even bluntly threatens Washington DC’s commissioner of police in a court room with cameras rolling. Watch it and be amazed!
    Family picture
    https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/6drhk5/debbie_wassermanshultz_brother_steven_wasserman/

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