If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that Democrats have a real problem with information security.
In a complicated and growing scandal, federal investigators have seized smashed hard drives from a foreign-born technician connected to the Democratic National Committee.
While the details are still unraveling, the actions of that foreign technician reveal that fraud and possibly espionage could be part of the scheme.
According to an exclusive report from The Daily Caller, the FBI has taken possession of computer drives found at the former home of Imran Awan, an IT expert who was born in Pakistan.
Awan has been a longtime computer consultant for congresswoman and former DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Initial reports indicate that Awan and three of his relatives had unlawful access to sensitive emails and files from dozens of House Democrats.
The FBI isn’t the only agency reportedly looking into the scandal. Politico recently stated that the U.S. Capitol Police are part of the investigation, and described the suspects as “committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network.”
A Daily Caller report showed that Awan and his relatives have been paid $4 million by House Democrats since 2009.
“Imran, Abid and Jamal Awan, Hina Alvi, Natalia Sova and Rao Abbas set up the email accounts and computer systems for dozens of members of Congress and their staffs, and they could read all emails and files on those systems,” a different Daily Caller report from earlier this month revealed.
“A fellow congressional IT aide told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group that potentially sensitive information was being transmitted to an off-site server,” continued the report.
Suspicions rose after Awan moved out of his Virginia home abruptly, and began acting strange and confrontational when government-owned computer equipment was found in that residence.
The house containing the apparently stolen technology was rented by a Marine Corps veteran and his wife, who is reportedly a Naval officer.
Items found in the house included “wireless routers, hard drives that look like they tried to destroy, laptops, [and] a lot of brand new expensive toner,” according to the former Marine who rented the quickly-abandoned home owned by Awan.
“It was in the garage. They recycled cabinets and lined them along the walls. They left in a huge hurry,” the Marine said. “It looks like government-issued equipment. We turned that stuff over [to NCIS].”
The collection of government-issued computer devices was important enough that Awan became increasingly desperate, and showed up at the now rented house in several last-ditch attempts to retrieve the items.
Awan has also allegedly threatened to sue to new occupants of the home where the equipment was hidden.
“Their lawyer contacted us today via email and said we owed $350 in late charges and the items he left in the house,” the Marine said.
“It was unbelievable. I don’t know where they get off thinking they’re going to sue us for items we have no obligation to hold onto,” he said.
If Democrats are concerned about a possible foreign agent obtaining sensitive government data, they certainly aren’t acting like it. Bizarrely, Wasserman Schultz has reportedly refused to fire Awan even after he came under investigation.
“I served in the Marine Corps for 14 years; if I downloaded files to an offsite server (as Awan reportedly did), I’m going to prison for a lot of years,” the veteran who found the stashed equipment explained.
“He’s dangerous. This is a crime syndicate that has successfully infiltrated Congress,” he continued.
“If Donald Trump and the Republicans had hired foreign nationals to be their top IT guys and somehow their congressional files had been compromised, this would have been all over the news,” the Marine explained.
He is absolutely right. Democrats have a lot of explaining to do, but they’re playing dumb in the hope that the scandal stays contained.
If the early details of this scandal prove to be accurate, it looks like prominent liberal lawmakers completely failed to vet a foreign-born man before giving him almost total access to their data.
This incident raises the question of why such legislators should be trusted with power when they can’t even manage their own security… and as details emerge, there could be even more pressing questions soon.
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