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FBI Appoints New Special Agent-in-Charge of Norfolk Field Office

Martin Culbreth

Martin Culbreth

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s Hampton Roads region has a new leader, the bureau announced Monday.

The new special agent-in-charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office is Martin Culbreth, who recently served at FBI headquarters as the section chief for the bureau’s strategic information and operations center.

Culbreth will take the helm at the end of October and will replace John S. Adams, who led the Hampton Roads operations since February 2015.

Adams was promoted to the position of assistant director of the directorate of intelligent in Washington, D.C.

Culbreth’s career with the FBI began in 1995, when he was assigned to the Washington Field Office.

“He worked primarily counterintelligence and public corruption matters,” the FBI said in a statement announcing Culbreth’s appointment.

FBI Targeted Suspected Spy Pretending to Date Him

By Scott Daugherty
The Virginian-Pilot

© August 17, 2013

Step one to building an attempted-espionage case: Respond to your target’s personal ad on Craigslist.

Step two: Pose as a single woman interested in a relationship and exchange dozens of emails.

Step three: Go on a couple of dates at Town Center.

That was how the FBI started to investigate Robert Patrick Hoffman II last year after learning that the former sailor from Virginia Beach had spent three weeks in late 2011 in Belarus.

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FBI Virginia HQ Moves to Chesapeake

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com 

New roomier digs are coming in 2013 for one of the FBI’s smallest divisions.

WAVY.com reports that the FBI will move its Hampton Roads regional headquarters from Norfolk to Chesapeake, Virginia. Special Agent in Charge John Boles told WAVY.com the new three-story office building will be about twice the size of the current field office and will include  a dedicated emergency command center, a firearms training room, a SWAT team ready room and a secured sally port.

Vanessa Torres, spokeswoman for FBI Norfolk, explained to WAVY.com the agency has two field offices in the state. The Norfolk office and its 200 employees cover the “southeastern quadrant and the Eastern Shore.” The rest of Virginia is handled by agents from Richmond and D.C.

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John Boles to Head Up FBI’s Norfolk, Va. Office

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John Boles has been named head of the FBI’s Norfolk, Va., office, the agency announced Friday.

Boles, who last served as special assistant to the National Security Branch (NSB) executive assistant director and as section chief of the NSB Executive Staff Section, joined the bureau in 1995. He was first assigned to Sacramento.

In 2003, he was appointed assistant legal attaché in Kiev, Ukraine. Boles was responsible for all FBI programs in Ukraine and Belarus.

In 2006, he transferred to the St. Louis Division and was selected as supervisory special agent. He oversaw the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the International Terrorism squad. He also served as the SWAT coordinator.

Boles later became   assistant special agent in charge in the San Diego Division, responsible for  program management, oversight of the white-collar and cyber crime programs, and other administrative duties.

Before joining the bureau, he  served as a cryptologic technician in the U.S. Navy for five years.

 

2 Somali Pirates Get Life in Deaths of S/V Quest Hijacking

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two Somali pirates involved in the hijacking of the S/V Quest, which resulted in the death of four Americans, were sentenced Monday in Norfolk, Va. fed court to life in prison.

Muhidin Salad Omar, 30, and Mahdi Jama Mohamed, who is about 24, admitted in the plea agreements that they participated in the hijacking off the coast of Somalia in February , but said they did not shoot any of the victims, authorities said.

“Somali piracy is a scourge on the world stage, and it continues to grow more widespread and more violent,” said Virginia U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride in a statement. “Armed attacks on the high seas carry a very real threat of death to those taken hostage, a threat that was tragically made evident in this case. That threat remains for hundreds of hostages held hostage in Somalia, and a life sentence sends a strong message to anyone who chooses to engage in piracy against U.S. interests that they will face severe consequences.”

“Muhidin Salad Omar and Mahdi Jama Mohamed will spend the rest of their lives behind bars, far away from the high seas they terrorized,” added Janice K. Fedarcyk, head of the New York FBI.

 

3 Somali Pirates Plead Guilty in Hijacking of Ship That Resulted in 4 American Deaths


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Three Somali pirates pled guilty Friday in federal court in Norfolk, Va., to leading the group that hijacked the S/V Quest in the Indian Ocean,  which resulted in the death of four American crew members in February.

“These men have admitted to pirating an American yacht and holding four U.S. citizens hostage at gunpoint for ransom. Tragically, their piracy led to the execution of the four American hostages,” said U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride. “Piracy is big business in Somalia, and today pirates got another reminder of the tremendous cost of participating in this criminal venture. If you pirate an American ship, you will be caught and you’ll face severe consequences in an American courtroom.”

FBI Assistant Director in Charge Janice K. Fedarcyk added in a statement: “Today’s pleas are a crucial step in the judicial process. Mohamud Hirs Issa Ali and Mohamud Salad Ali, the leaders of these violent pirates, were armed hijackers who directed their subordinates to take hostages and seize the Quest, resulting in the death of four innocent Americans. Modern piracy isn’t swordplay and derring-do; it’s armed robbery and cold-blooded murder at sea.”

FBI’s Long Arm Nabs Pirate Negotiator in Somalia


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The long arm of the FBI reached into Somalia and plucked out a man suspected of being the chief negotiator for a group of pirates who hijacked an American yacht in February and ultimately killed all four people aboard, authorities announced Wednesday.

Mohammad Saaili Shibin, who worked ashore as the pirates held the people hostage, was arrested  in a joint effort with the FBI and Somali government.  He was indicted in Norfolk, Va.

“The arrest of Mohammad Shibin is a significant breakthrough in the United States’ battle against Somali pirates,” said U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride said Wednesday. “Today marks the first time that the U.S. government has captured and charged an alleged pirate in a leadership role—a hostage negotiator who operated in Somalia.”

“As 14 heavily armed men holed-up aboard the Quest, Mohammad Shibin allegedly worked behind the scenes determining exactly how much cash could be extorted for the Americans’ safe release,” said New York’s FBI Assistant Director in Charge Janice K. Fedarcyk.

Fourteen others who hijacked the SV/Quest yacht have been indicted in the matter and are awaiting trial, which is set for Nov. 29.

The indictment alleges that during the negotiations, Shibin was on land conducting research on the Internet to learn about the hostages on the yacht and figure out the appropriate ransom demand, authorities said.

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Ex-CIA Official Gets 5 Years-Plus in Prison for Sexual Assault in Algeria on Embassy Property

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-CIA official Andrew Warren, who pleaded guilty last year to drugging and sexually assaulting an Algerian woman in 2008 on embassy property in Algiers, and using cocaine while possessing a firearm in Virginia, was sentenced Thursday to five years and five months in prison.

Warren’s sentencing in U.S. District Court in Washington capped an embarrassing international scandal for the CIA.

Last June, Warren, now 43, admitted that on Feb. 17, 2008, he had sexually assaulted the woman on the U.S. Embassy property in Algiers, the capital of Algeria.

The government alleged in court documents that Warren had made a drink for the woman, who “consumed part of the drink and suddenly became very ill.” She passed into “semi-consciousness,” at which point he took off the woman’s clothes and “engaged in a sexual act with her,” according to court documents.

After the incident, Warren told authorities he’d had sex with the woman but said that it was consensual, the government alleged.

The CIA recalled Warren — who was first stationed in Algiers in 2007 — to the United States in October 2008. He was fired in 2009.

A second woman had also made similar allegations about Warren, but his  plea last year only applied to the February 2008 incident, according to court records.

U.S. District Ellen S. Huvelle on Thursday ordered that Warren be placed on 10 years of supervised release after his prison term and register as a sex offender.

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