It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
The FBI is offering a federal judge a second secret glimpse into the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.
The Justice Department asked a federal judge Monday to accept "additional details" under seal about how the FBI conducted its search for records a Vice News journalist requested under the Freedom of Information Act from the law enforcement agency about the probe it is conducting into Clinton's email set-up and how classified information came to reside in the Democratic presidential candidate's account.
The details of the declaration pertain, in part, to the bureau's search for documents about Clinton's server and how the public release of the records could harm the FBI's investigation, Justice Department lawyers wrote, seeking dismissal of VICE News' lawsuit.
In March, government lawyers submitted a classified filing in the lawsuit brought by Vice News reporter Jason Leopold seeking various details about the case, including the contents of Clinton's server which was turned over to the FBI last August.
... "the FBI is not required to identify a particular federal statute that it alleges has been violated in connection with the pending investigation, or the target(s) of the investigation, to meet the ... threshold" for withholding documents compiled for law enforcement purposes.
In the latest court filing, government attorneys would only say that the FBI "is working on a referral from the Inspectors General of the Intelligence Community and the Department of State in connection with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server." The referral was "a security referral made for counterintelligence purposes," and the investigation is "being conducted under the FBI's assigned law enforcement authorities."
"As this is an active and ongoing investigation, the FBI is continuing to assess the evidentiary value of any materials retrieved for the investigation from any such server equipment/related devices," the filing said. "Disclosure of evidence, potential evidence, or information that has not yet been assessed for evidentiary value while the investigation is active and ongoing could reasonably be expected to undermine the pending investigation by prematurely revealing its scope and focus."
Brian Fallon, a Clinton campaign spokesman, told us that even though the IG report contradicts Clinton’s past statements, that “doesn’t make her statements untruthful.” He said Clinton, who declined to be interviewed by the inspector general’s staff, “believed — past tense” that her use of a private server was allowed, that it was no different than Powell using a commercial email account to conduct government business. She no longer believes that, he said, although she continues to say — as she did in an ABC News interview on May 26 after the IG report came out — that the use of personal email was allowed.
“It did not occur to her that having it on a personal server could be so distinct that it would be unapproved,” Fallon said. “We’re not intending to say post the IG report that her server was allowed. We don’t contest that. We’re saying … the use of personal email was widespread.”
The FBI has been investigating cases of foreign counterintelligence since its earliest days. The following is a sample of some major counterintelligence and economic espionage cases the FBI has helped investigate. In general, the cases are listed chronologically by the year the prime suspect was arrested.
Summaries of most of these cases can be found below.
- Mostafa Ahmed Awwad
- Bryan Underwood
- Stewart David Nozette
- Kexue Huang
- Elliot Doxer
- Walter Kendall Myers and Gwendolyn Myers
- Ten Russian Agents in U.S. (Ghost Stories)
- Harold & Nathaniel Nicholson | Harold Nicholson sentencing
- Hassan Abujihaad/Paul R. Hall
- Dongfan “Greg” Chung, Gregg William Bergersen
- Najib Shemami
- Sami Khoshaba Latchin (Arrested in 2004)
- Xiaodong Sheldon Meng Conviction
- Noshir S. Gowadia | Sentencing
- Leandro Aragoncillo | Michael Ray Aquino
- Lawrence Franklin
- Kenneth Wayne Ford
- Donald W. Keyser
- Robert P. Hanssen
- Ana Belen Montes
- Brian P. Regan
- George Trofimoff
- Mariano Faget
- Jean-Philippe Wispelaere
- La Red Avispa or The Cuban Spy Ring
- Kurt Alan Stand, Therese Marie Squillacote, and James Michael Clark
- Ten Hong Lee and Taiwan’s Four Pillars
- Robert Stephan Lipka
- Earl Edwin Pitts
- Aldrich Ames
- Steven John Lalas
- James Hall III
- Douglas Tsou
- Edward Lee Howard
- Vladimir M. Ismaylov
- Clayton John Lonetree
Because of a series of high profile espionage arrests, the press dubbed 1985 “the Year of the Spy.”That spring, the John Walker Spy Ring—John Walker, Jerry Whitworth, Arthur Walker, and Michael Walker—was arrested for passing classified material to the Soviet Union. On November 21, Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested for spying for Israel. On November 23, Larry Wu-Tai Chin, a former CIA analyst, was arrested on charges of spying for the People’s Republic of China since 1952. On November 25, former National Security Agency employee Ronald William Pelton, was arrested for selling military secrets to the Soviets. CIA employee Sharon Marie Scranage and boyfriend Michael Soussoudis were arrested in July for passing material to Ghanian intelligence.
- Thomas Cavanagh
- Karl Frantisek Koecher
- Richard W. Miller and Svetlana and Nikolai Ogorodnikov
- James Durwood Harper
- William Holden Bell and Marian Zacharski
- Valdik Enger and Rudolf Chernyayev
- William Kampiles
- Ronald Humphrey and David Truong
- Christopher John Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee
- “Sergey Viktorovich Petrov”
- Maksim Martynov
- Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
- Teodore Erdmann Erich Lau/Ludwig Spy Ring
- Velvalee Dickinson | Byte Out of History
- Vasilli Zubilin
- George John Dasch and Nazis
- Anastase A. Vonsiatsky
- Duquesne Spy Ring
- Guenther Rumrich and Nazi spy ring
FBI officials refused to release a pair of emails between investigators and employees at the Department of State, telling a federal judge Monday evening that revealing any details about the correspondence could "compromise" its investigation.
The filing marked the second time the law enforcement agency has sought to keep information about its probe secret in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Vice News. The lawsuit is seeking records from Hillary Clinton's private server.
Attorneys for the Justice Department offered to submit "additional details" about the FBI sweep of Clinton's server, but only if the court agreed to keep them under seal.
Brian Fallon, a Clinton campaign spokesman, told us that even though the IG report contradicts Clinton’s past statements, that “doesn’t make her statements untruthful.”
originally posted by: antoinemarionette
a reply to: introvert
Yes, but the good news is that the investigation is still ongoing, implying that they are still amassing a case against Clinton and it has not reached its final outcome - which ultimately I hope, is an indictment.
In 2012, Brezler sent an email from his personal account about Sarwar Jan, a police chief who had recently arrived at Forward Operating Base Delhi, whom he had kicked off another Marine installation two years prior for alleged unethical behavior.
Seventeen days after Brezler sent the email, a boy working as Sarwar’s personal servant killed three Marines at FOB Delhi: Staff Sgt. Scott Dickinson, 29, Cpl. Richard Rivera, 20, and Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley, 21.
After being investigated for sending classified information from his personal email account, a board of inquiry recommended that Brezler be discharged. A Navy official upheld the board’s decision in November.
This was, “open source information, no longer subject to national defense information [rules],” Youngner argued before the preliminary hearing officer Cmdr. Bruce Gregor.
“Does open source information really meet that test?”
Government lawyers argued just because classified information is available publicly, doesn’t mean that it’s unclassified. Under military law, service members accessing classified information available publicly are still subject to the same penalties for mishandling information that remains under government control.
The letter cited three violations — one Severity Level I and two Severity Level II — and proposed a fine of $240,000, but the NNSA waived the fine because of B&W’s response to the problems and because the contractor had already been penalized with loss of fee in its annual performance evaluation. Security Level I is defined as violations of classified information security requirements with “actual or high potential for adverse impact on the national security.” Level II violations “represent lack of attention or carelessness” in protection of classified information.
originally posted by: SonOfThor
a reply to: Gryphon66
Do you know the difference between SIPRNet, NIPRNet, and JWICS? Have you ever held a clearance?
People that have, and have read some of the redacted emails that have been released (including their redaction codes) see in complete clarity that indeed laws were broken.
Now, the question really will be if Hillary is in a protected class and she gets pardoned / DOJ doesn't indict, or some of her staffers go down hard (which would be my guess, while she claims ignorance). I may be wrong in that, but I can't know exactly what the FBI has, only what has been released so far and my knowledge of the proper storage of classified information.
There is no way that information could have gotten to Clinton's private, non-NSA approved server from JWICS without someone committing a felony and copying the info off of one computer and emailing it to her on another, or printing it out and removing said info from a secure location to send to her.