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Blogger Suggests FBI Has More Info on Decades-old Cop-Killer Case

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Blogger Micah Morrison seeks justice in a decades old cop-killer case, and wants the FBI to reveal any hidden cards.

Last weekend marked 40 years since Police Officer Phillip Cardillo was shot and killed in Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam Mosque No. 7 in Harlem, reports Micah Morrison for the NY Daily News. Morrison, who is working on a book about the incident, is calling on the feds to reopen the recently re-examined, and re-closed, case.

Morrison suggests that the only suspect in Cardillo’s murder, Lewis 17X Dupree,  may have been an FBI informant, and that the whole case, including the fact that it was closed without a conviction, reeks of “betrayal and coverup.”

He reports that in 1976 then-FBI Director Clarence Kelly wrote a letter to Nation of Islam General Counsel Saad El-Amin, declaring “neither the FBI nor any FBI source or informant was in any way connected with the confrontation or events leading up to the confrontation.”

However, FBI docs regarding the case have 6 prominent black-outs under the heading “Sources,” suggesting to Morrison that the FBI has more info that could illuminate the unresolved case.

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Leak Gives a Glimpse Into U.S. Spying on Israel

By SCOTT SHANE
New York Times
WASHINGTON — When Shamai K. Leibowitz, an F.B.I. translator, was sentenced to 20 months in prison last year for leaking classified information to a blogger, prosecutors revealed little about the case. They identified the blogger in court papers only as “Recipient A.”

After Mr. Leibowitz pleaded guilty, even the judge said he did not know exactly what Mr. Leibowitz had disclosed.

“All I know is that it’s a serious case,” Judge Alexander Williams Jr., of United States District Court in Maryland, said at the sentencing in May 2010. “I don’t know what was divulged other than some documents, and how it compromised things, I have no idea.”

Now the reason for the extraordinary secrecy surrounding the Obama administration’s first prosecution for leaking information to the news media seems clear: Mr. Leibowitz, a contract Hebrew translator, passed on secret transcripts of conversations caught on F.B.I. wiretaps of the Israeli Embassy in Washington. Those overheard by the eavesdroppers included American supporters of Israel and at least one member of Congress, according to the blogger, Richard Silverstein.

In his first interview about the case, Mr. Silverstein offered a rare glimpse of American spying on a close ally.

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Ex-FBI Contract Linguist Loses NY Law License

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A contract linguist with the FBI in Maryland who pleaded guilty in December to disclosing classified information to a blogger,  has had his law license suspended in New York, according to the New York Law Journal.

The Law Journal reported that the Appellate Division, 3rd Department declined to set aside the suspension recommended by a disciplinary committee for Shamai Kedem Leibowitz, an Israeli-American lawyer, who had been translating intercepted phone calls for the FBI from Hebrew to English.

Leibowitz claimed his crime was “not motivated by venality, but rather by misguided patriotism.” The 39-year-old said he does contract work for N.Y. law firms to support his wife and 6-year-old twins, the Journal reported.

He pleaded guilty in December to leaking five classified documents to a blogger. His guilty plea calls for him to get 20 months in prison at the time of sentencing.

Following his guilty plea in December, Richard McFeely, head of the Baltimore FBI said in a statement: “As a trusted member of the FBI ranks, Leibowitz abused the trust of the FBI and the American public by using his access to classified information for his own purposes.”

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Attorney Claims FBI Trained Jailed NJ Blogger to Incite

If true, this could prove to be a little embarrassing for the FBI. One question would be: How would a jury view these allegations?

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By KATIE NELSON
Associated Press Writer
HARTFORD, Conn. – A New Jersey blogger facing charges in two states for allegedly making threats against lawmakers and judges had training from the FBI on how to be deliberately provocative, his attorney said Tuesday.
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Hal Turner worked for the FBI from 2002 to 2007 as an “agent provocateur” and was taught by the agency “what he could say that wouldn’t be crossing the line,” defense attorney Michael Orozco said.

“His job was basically to publish information which would cause other parties to act in a manner which would lead to their arrest,” Orozco said.

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