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Secret Service Agent: Reporter Made Unwanted Contact with Trump Before Alleged Assault

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Secret Service agent is claiming that the journalist who was allegedly assaulted by Donald Trump’s campaign manager first made unwanted contact with the Republican frontrunner.

The agent, who is a member of Trump’s security detail, told DailyMail.com that Breitbart journalist Michelle Fields twice made physical contact with Trump and was even warned by agents to distance herself before the campaign manager grabbed her arm.

‘She crossed in between agents and our protectee after being told not to,’ said the agent, who was present that night in Jupiter. 

Trump defended his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.

“The easiest thing” to do, he said, would be to say: “Corey, you’re fired. I can’t do that. Can’t do it.”

“He’s got a beautiful wife and children,’ Trump said of Lewandowski, “and I’m not gonna destroy a man for that.”

Lewandowski was charged with simple battery.

FBI Has Nowhere Near 147 Agents Investigating Hillary Clinton’s E-mail Case

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Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has nowhere near 147 agents investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server, sources told NBC News. 

The Washington Post first reported that 147 agents were on the case but has since revised that figure.

“The FBI will not provide an exact figure,” but there are “fewer than 50” FBI personnel involved, the Post reported.

But a former federal official with direct knowledge of the case told MNSBC that even 50 agents is an exaggeration.

“There are currently about 12 FBI agents working full-time on the case,” says the source, who would only speak anonymously about an open investigation.

The former FBU official added: “147 was such a ridiculous number,” said the source, adding that 50 also sounded unrealistic for this kind of inquiry. “You need an act of terrorism to get 50 agents working on something.”

FBI to Help Arkansas Prosecutors Unlock iPhone, iPad in Murder Case

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is helping prosecutors open an iPhone 6 and an iPod linked to a murder case in Arkansas after successfully hacking an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters.

The FBI’s Little Rock field office has agreed to help gain access to the locked devices, which belong to suspects in the slayings of Robert and Patricia Cordell, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

It’s not yet clear how the FBI plans to open the phone or if its plans to use the same method it used to unlock Syed Rizwan Farook’s phone.

The Arkansas case involves four suspects, ages 14 to 18, who have been charged in the killings.

“The iPod had just come into our possession a couple of weeks ago,” Cody Hiland, prosecuting attorney for Arkansas’ 20th Judicial District, said Wednesday. “Obviously when we heard that [the FBI] had been able to crack that phone we wanted to at least ask and see if they wanted to help.”

FBI: Violent Passenger Who Insisted on Doing Yoga Forced Plane to Make Emergency Landing

Honolulu International Airport

Honolulu International Airport

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An airplane bound for Japan was forced to return to Hawaii after a violent passenger insisted on doing Yoga instead of sitting on his seat, the FBI said.

Hyongtae Pae is accused of yelling at crew members and shoving his wife, the USA Today reports. 

During meal time, Pae allegedly insisted on doing Yoga and meditating at the back of the plane and became enraged when he was told to return to his seat.

“Pae pushed his wife because she was trying to make him stop,” the complaint said. “He felt that she was siding with the flight crew.”

Pae also is accused of trying to assault Marines who were on the flight and tried to coax him back to his seat.

The complaint alleges he also threatened to kill passengers, saying there is no god.

Other Stories of Interest

Border Patrol Agents Union Endorses Donald Trump for President

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Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The largest union representing Border Patrol agents has endorsed Donald Trump for the Republican nomination because of his position on stronger border protections.

“Mr. Trump will take on special interests and embrace the ideas of rank-and-file Border Patrol agents rather than listening to the management yes-men who say whatever they are programmed to say. This is a refreshing change that we have not seen before — and may never see again,” the National Border Patrol Council said in a statement posted Wednesday on its website.

The endorsement – the first by the council in a presidential primary – comes after Trump has pledged to build a wall, which experts said would cost billions of dollars more than he has projected. Trump also has taken a hard line against undocumented immigrants.

“We think it is that important: if we do not secure our borders, American communities will continue to suffer at the hands of gangs, cartels and violent criminals preying on the innocent,” the statement read. “The lives and security of the American people are at stake, and the National Border Patrol Council will not sit on the sidelines.”

Michael DeLeon to Head Up FBI’s Phoenix Office

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Michael DeLeon, who served in the National Clandestine Service, Counterintelligence Center as the chief of the Counterespionage Group at the Central Intelligence Agency,  has been named special agent in charge of the  FBI’s Phoenix Division.

He’ll begin the new job in late April, the FBI said.

DeLeon joined the FBI in 1999 and started in the Tampa Division’s Fort Myers Resident Agency, where he worked criminal, counterterrorism, and counterintelligence matters, according to a press release.

After September 11, 2001, he served as the Joint Terrorism Task Force coordinator for the Fort Myers Resident Agency.

His duties in the bureau have included unit chief in the Espionage Section of the Counterintelligence Division, senior supervisory resident special agent of the Greensboro Resident Agency-Charlotte Division and assistant special agent in charge in the Counterintelligence Branch of Washington Field Office.

Before joining the FBI, he worked for Delaware State Police.

 

How the FBI Unlocked an iPhone without the Help of Apple

FBI headquarters

FBI headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Apple refused to help the FBI open an iPhone of one of the San Bernardino killers, the bureau sought help from experts worldwide.

They met with companies and hackers, but no one was able to bypass the security feature.

Then on March 20, a company came forward and demonstrated that they unlocked another iPhone. The FBI decided to give the San Bernardino phone a shot with the company this past weekend, ABC News reports. 

“The FBI has now successfully retrieved the data stored” on the phone, the Justice Department announced just days ago.

The FBI has declined to identify the company, saying they arrived at a “mutual agreement.”

The solution was “generated as a result of the media attention,” a source told ABC News.

Now forensic examiners are trying to gather evidence from the phone.

A Week Before the Brussel’s Terror Attack, FBI Warned Dutch Police about Jihadist Brothers

Brussels

Brussels

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A week before the Brussels terror attack, the FBI supplied Dutch police with information about two brothers who blew themselves up in the massacre.

Dutch authorities passed on the critical information about Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui to their Belgian counterparts on March 17, the New York Post reports. 

“On March 16, the FBI informed Dutch police over the fact that both brothers were sought by Belgian authorities,” Dutch Interior Minister Ard van der Steur wrote after legislators asked about the Brussels residents.

The interior ministers said the FBI warned Dutch officials about Ibrahim’s criminal background” and that Khalad was wanted for “terrorism, extremism and recruitment.”

Although the interior minister said the information was shared with Belgian authorities, police there denied the brothers were part of the conversation.

The missed opportunity has provoked criticism about missteps and missed chances in the days before last week’s Brussels attacks.