FBI Posts

FBI Surveillance Sets Up Clash with Facebook

Agency Solicits Vendor Proposals to Collect Data from Facebook, Other Social Media to Head Off Safety Threats: (“An effort by the FBI to more aggressively monitor social media for threats sets up a clash with Facebook Inc.’s privacy policies and possibly its attempts to comply with a record $5 billion settlement with the U.S. government reached last month. * * * The Federal Bureau of Investigation is soliciting proposals from outside vendors for a contract to pull vast quantities of public data from Facebook, Twitter Inc. and other social media “to proactively identify and reactively monitor threats to the United States and its interests.”)

Accused NSA Leaker’s Statements Not Admissible in Court

FBI Botched Interrogation of Former NSA Contractor Accused of Stealing Secrets: (“In the case of a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor accused of stealing a huge cache of classified documents, a federal judge this month agreed to toss out statements made by the contractor, Harold ‘Hal’ Martin, on the basis that FBI agents failed to Mirandize him properly during four-hour interrogation, even though the suspect was not under arrest at the time. * * * Charged with 20 counts of willful retention of national defense information and theft of government property, Martin, 54, was arrested following a search of his Glen Burnie, Maryland, residence on Aug. 27, 2016. There, FBI agents discovered both digital and physical copies of documents that, according to prosecutors, contain classified and top-secret information said to be critical to ‘a wide variety of national security issues.'”

FBI Fires Strzok

FBI Agent Peter Strzok Fired over Anti-Trump Texts: (“The FBI has fired Agent Peter Strzok, who helped lead the bureau’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election until officials discovered he had been sending anti-Trump texts. * * * Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s lawyer, said FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich ordered the firing on Friday — even though the director of the FBI office that normally handles employee discipline had decided Strzok should face only a demotion and 60-day suspension. Goelman said the move undercuts the FBI’s repeated assurances that Strzok would be afforded the normal disciplinary process. * * * ‘This isn’t the normal process in any way more than name,’ Goelman said.”)

FBI Assistant Deputy Director Strzok Testifies Publicly Before Congress

FBI agent Defends Actions in Russia Inquiry in Contentious House Testimony: (“The embattled F.B.I. agent who oversaw the opening of the Russia investigation mounted an aggressive defense of himself and the F.B.I. on Thursday, rejecting accusations that he let his private political views bias his official actions and labeling Republicans’ preoccupation with him ‘another victory notch in Putin’s belt.’ * * * ‘Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: Not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took,’ the agent, Peter Strzok, told House lawmakers investigating what Republicans say is evidence of rampant bias at the top levels of the F.B.I.”)

FBI Botched Evidence Collection in Benjamin Way Fraud Case

F.B.I. Botched Evidence Collection in Fraud Case, Judge Rules (“Federal prosecutors contend that Benjamin Wey, a New York financier with an art for self-promotion, made tens of millions of dollars through a long-running stock manipulation scheme.  But the government’s case against Mr. Wey may be falling apart . . . .”)