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Former FBI Employee Pleads Guilty to Being an Agent of the Chinese Government

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI employee pleaded guilty to being an agent of the Chinese government, a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Fun Shan Chun, 46, admitted he provided “sensitive” FBI information to a person connected to the Chinese government, CNN reports. 

The arrest was part of an undercover operation.

Chun is originally from China but became a naturalized U.S. citizen and employee of the FBI for 19 years.

Chun pleaded guilty to acting in the U.S. as an agent of China.

Wife of DEA Employee Fatally Shot in Family Car While Driving Home

dea-logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The wife of a DEA employee was killed by a gunman while she was in her car with her husband and two children.

Tracy Czaczkowski, 44 of Buffalo Grove, Ill., was shot in her neck Sunday afternoon, and the suspected shooter is in police custody, ABC News reports. 

She is the wife of an 11-year DEA employee.

“Tracy is a loving wife of 15 years, mother of two tender age children, daughter and friend,” the DEA said in a statement. “The family is asking for privacy in this difficult time so that they can comfort each other. The family would like to say thank you for the prayers and out pouring of support for Tracy.”

Police said they don’t believe the husband’s employment had anything to do with the shooting, calling it a “random act.”

FBI Janitor Killed in Hail of Bullets While Headed to Work at Bureau’s Headquarters

FBI's headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

FBI’s headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Gabriel Carlos Turner had just eaten breakfast with his mother and was headed to work as a janitor at FBI headquarters when he was shot and killed Thursday morning.

Turner, 46, who worked for 15 years as a janitor at the J. Edgar Hoover Building, was on his way to a bus top at about noon when someone opened fire on him, NBC4 reports. 

“I don’t know why nobody had to kill him. He didn’t bother nobody,” Ellen Turner said hours after her son was killed just steps from her home.

Witnesses reported hearing at least six gunshots.

Authorities did not say whether they knew of a suspect or motive.

Argument ‘Over Nothing’ Prompted FBI Employee to Point Gun at Woman’s Head

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two women were arguing “over nothing” at a Massachusetts restaurant when an FBI employee sitting between them pointed a gun to one of their heads, court documents show.

Hingham police arrested James M. Doyle, who said he was an FBI supervisor and a friend of the victim, the Boston Globe reports. 

Police said Doyle was intoxicated and acknowledged he made a “big mistake” by pointing a Glock 22 at one of the women’s heads.

No one was injured.

Doyle was charged Wednesday assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, possessing a firearm while intoxicated and disorderly conduct.

Harold H. shaw, special agent in charge of the agency’s Boston bureau, said the FBI “takes allegations of misconduct very seriously.”

FBI Director Names New Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Division in Washington D.C.

fbi badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

E.W. “Bill” Priestap, a 17-year veteran of the FBI, has been named assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at the bureau’s headquarters in Washington D.C.

Priestap was serving as deputy assistant director of the Intelligence Operations Branch in the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI headquarter.

Priestap began his career with the FBI in 1998, investigating organized crime and drug issues in the Chicago Division. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Priestap handled counterterrorism investigations in Chicago.

Priestap has a long history with the FBI, according to the bureau:

In 2003, Mr. Priestap was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Office of Congressional Affairs (OCA) at FBIHQ. While in OCA, he was detailed to the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where he assisted with the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

In 2005, Mr. Priestap was appointed the special assistant to the assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence at FBIHQ.

In 2006, Mr. Priestap was assigned to the New York Field Office, where he held counterterrorism and intelligence supervisory positions. He was then promoted to assistant special agent in charge, and he served in the Intelligence and the Counterintelligence Divisions of the New York Field Office.

In 2012, Mr. Priestap was promoted to section chief in the Counterintelligence Division at FBIHQ, and, in 2013, Mr. Priestap was named special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division in the New York Field Office.

House Committee Calls for Investigation of Secret Service Leak

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A House committee wants the Obama administration to investigate Secret Service employees who circulated personnel information that showed the panel’s chairman was denied a job as an agent, The Washington Post reports. 

The committee that oversees the Secret Service discovered last week that unflattering information about Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, was circulated at the agency’s headquarters.

Chaffetz told the Post in an interview that he was denied a job for the Secret Service in a Wester field office around 2003.

Chaffetz said it was “disconcerting to say the least” that he was the butt of a joke.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson agreed an investigation is warranted.

“If and to the extent the matters reflected in this report are accurate, then the United States Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security owe the member of Congress an apology,” Johnson said. He added: “If true, those responsible should be held accountable.”

 

FBI Agents Must Pass Fitness Test for First Time in 16 Years

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is requiring agents to pass a fitness test for the first time in 16 years.

“The lives of your colleagues and those you protect may well depend upon your ability to run, fight and shoot, no matter what job you hold,” James B. Comey, the FBI director, said in October in an internal memo to agents, reported by Economic Times. 

The fitness tests were launched by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

Before the Sept .11 attack, agents had more time to stay fit.

The Economic Times wrote:

The tests are a response to concerns throughout the bureau about how its transformation after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, has put more stress on the agents and given them less time for fitness.

After the attacks, many agents who were accustomed to working normal hours and had spent their entire careers investigating crimes like gang violence or drugs – work that took them into the field to make arrests – began working 20-hour days as the FBI changed its primary mission to fighting terrorism.

Around the same time, the bureau drastically expanded its efforts in two areas that emphasized long desk hours: cybersecurity and intelligence. Many agents were sent to Iraq and Afghanistan. The increased demands manifested themselves in different ways. Some agents put on weight, while some suffered from anxiety and depression.