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FBI Investigates Suspected Russian Hacking at New York Times, Other Media Outlets

New York Times building, via Wikipedia.

New York Times building, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is investigating cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other U.S. news organizations.

The hackers are believed to be working for Russian intelligence, CNN reports. 

Investigators have theorized that the same Russian hackers who are targeting news organizations also are behind the cyber breaches of the Democratic Party.

It’s not yet clear whether the hackers were able to gain access to information from the New York Times or other media outlet.

“We are constantly monitoring our systems with the latest available intelligence and tools. We have seen no evidence that any of our internal systems, including our systems in the Moscow bureau, have been breached or compromised,” Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said.

FBI Tracks Down Suspected Child Rapist After He Fled for 23 Years

Map via FBI

Map via FBI

By Steve Neavling

FBI agents never gave up their pursuit of John Martin, a Boston-area resident who was accused in 1993 of raping two young boys when he was 23 years old.

The perseverance paid off. After more than two decades on the run, Hartin’s freedom ended when the FBI knocked on his door in Walkertown, North Carolina.

“The case never stopped being actively investigated,” said Special Agent Brooks Broadus, a member of the FBI’s Boston Division Child Exploitation Task Force. “We were always looking.”

The FBI launched a multi-state media campaign in 2012 to find Hartin, but that wasn’t enough. So recently, the FBI “started looking at the case again with fresh eyes and went back to Day One. We sought out Hartin’s family and friends and began to conduct new interviews,” said Boston Police Department Det. Mike Sullivan, a member of the Child Exploitation Task Force.

Sullivan added: “It was old-fashioned detective work that led to Hartin’s capture.”

Washington Post: FBI Sets Bad Precedent by Releasing Clinton’s Email Files

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Editorial Board
Washington Post

The director of the FBI, James B. Comey, did the right thing in announcing the results of the bureau’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email in early July. Realizing that the case was hyper-sensitive in the middle of a presidential campaign, Mr. Comey spoke up when ordinarily he would have simply forwarded his recommendation to prosecutors. He said the investigation determined that she was “extremely careless” in using a home-brew server while secretary of state, but that Ms. Clinton’s actions did not warrant prosecution. It was important for the apolitical FBI director to say one way or the other whether there was criminal behavior so voters could make up their own minds.

But now Mr. Comey has taken a misstep. The FBI has provided to Congress portions of the investigative files from the year-long probe. Although it is not known precisely which portions, some of the materials include interviews conducted by the FBI. On Capitol Hill, the FBI has deposited the material in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF, a room with restricted access.

According to the Associated Press, the documents were transmitted to Congress with written warnings not to leak them. “These materials are nonpublic and contain classified and other sensitive material,” FBI Acting Assistant Director Jason Herring wrote. “For that reason, these materials may not be further disseminated or disclosed, in part or in full, without obtaining the FBI’s concurrence.” Access to the documents is restricted to members of the judiciary, intelligence and government affairs committees.

Republicans in Congress are unlikely to heed the warnings. Are these members of the GOP, who have enthusiastically exploited the Benghazi and email stories for partisan advantage, whose convention delegates chanted “lock her up,” really going to read the FBI files and stay mum? The temptation here for mischief — partial leaks — is enormous.

It is extremely rare for the FBI to turn over to Congress internal case files from a criminal investigation that did not lead to a prosecution.

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FBI Investigating Whether Knife Attack in Virginia Was Inspired by ISIS

Attack suspect Wasil Farooqui

Attack suspect Wasil Farooqui

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is investigating whether a 20-year-old man who stabbed two people in Virginia was inspired by ISIS.

ABC News reports Wasil Farooqui may have tried to behead one of his victims while attacking them with a knife and yelling “Allah Akbar.”

The stabbing occurred Saturday at an apartment complex in Roanoke, Va., where a man and women were injured in the assault.

Farooqui is no stranger to federal investigators. He traveled to Turkey and may have tried to sneak into Syria in the past year, sources told ABC News.

“The FBI is working with the Police Department following the incident that occurred on Saturday evening,” the head of the FBI’s Richmond field office, Special Agent In Charge Adam Lee, said in a statement. “While I cannot discuss details of the investigation at this time, I do want to reassure the community that we are working to determine the nature of the incident.”

FBI Discovered 15,000 Emails That Clinton Did Not Turn Over

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling

Just weeks before the November election, the State Department may be required to release 15,000 documents discovered during the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

A federal judge urged the State Department to review the documents and release them at a hearing Monday, CBS News reports. 

The emails in question were sent or received by Clinton during her time as secretary of state and were not among the 55,000 documents handed over by her lawyers.

The conservative watchdog Judicial Watch is seeking the records under the Freedom of Information Act.

The State Department is reviewing the emails to determine which are private and which are personal before release them.

Was Foul Play Involved in Indiana’s New Vaping Law? FBI Is Investigating

Smoking an e-cigarette, via Wikipedia

Smoking an e-cigarette, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is investigating the creation of Indiana’s controversial vaping law to determine whether any foul play was involved.

IndyStar reports that agents appear to be concerned about whether any legislators stood to profit from a law that give only a handful of e-liquid producers control of the Indiana market.

At least two lawmakers and a manufacturer of the liquids were interviewed by the FBI.

“They asked me if I knew of anything anyone might have gotten out of this legislation,” said state Sen. Phil Boots, who said he talked to an agent last month. “I think that’s what they’re looking at — Did someone in the legislature gain from the legislation?”

The law was passed in 2015 and amended this year.

Retired Head of FBI’s San Diego Field Office Takes Over Security for NFL Team

Retired FBI Agent Darrell Foxworth.

Retired FBI Agent Darrell Foxworth.

By Steve Neavling

When Darrell Foxworth retired from the FBI recently, the former head of the bureau’s San Diego Field Office decided to embark on a new career.

After 30 years with the FBI, Foxworth became a National Football League security representative for the San Diego Chargers, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. His job is overseeing security arrangements for the football team.

Foxworth, who was lovingly nicknamed “The Face” by his colleagues, was asked whether running security at a football stadium required the kind of skills he honed investigating violent crime and terrorism.

“It’s an appropriate response when you look at some of the threats and the people responsible for them,” he said. “You’re always looking at how to prevent things like that.”

Before the football season starts, Foxworth is familiarizing himself with security issues, like installing metal detectors and determining an effective strategy to deploy security and off-duty police officers.

FBI Assisting Ukraine with Investigation with Possible Manafort Connection

Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort

By Steve Neavling

Donald Trump’s ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort may find himself in the crosshairs of an FBI investigation into Ukrainian corruption.

The FBI is helping Ukraine investigate possible corruption by its former president, and included in the probe is a company controlled by Manafort, a U.S. official told Bloomberg. 

Manafort resigned Friday as chairman of Trump’s president campaign and isn’t currently the focus of the investigation into the former government led by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

According to a New York Times report, Ukrainian investigators discovered records listing $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments intended for Manafort. The payments were from Yanukovych’s party.

Ukrainian investigators want to talk to Manafort about the funds he alleged received from a secret account.