Inspector General Created Charts Showing Insane FBI Leaks

By Madeline Osburn, 6-14-18, at The Federalist:

The Department of Justice inspector general report released Thursday includes two elaborate charts mapping the volume of communications identified between FBI employees and members of the media in April, May, and October 2016.

“We have profound concerns about the volume and extent of unauthorized media contacts by FBI personnel that we have uncovered during our review,” the report states. Here’s “Attachment H” in the IG report:

(Note: I was able to enlarge the first photo so you could see the number of times agents were in contact with media, but the second one was too blurry to enlarge)

Here’s “Attachment G” in the IG report.

The issue of FBI employees improperly disclosing non-public information, a.k.a. leaking tips to reporters, “raised considerable concerns,” according to investigators. They  discovered a number of social interactions with reporters deemed inconsistent with FBI policy and department ethics rules.

“FBI employees received tickets to sporting events from journalists, went on golfing outings with media representatives, were treated to drinks and meals after work by reporters, and were the guests of journalists at nonpublic social events,” the report states.

Despite being able to track the number of times agents communicated with reporters, the IG cites two reasons for being unable to identify individual leakers.

First, we frequently find that the universe of Department and FBI employees who had access to sensitive information that has been leaked is substantial, often involving dozens, and in some instances, more than 100 people. We recognize that this is a challenging issue, because keeping information too closely held can harm an investigation and the supervision of it. Nevertheless, we think the Department and the FBI need to consider whether there is a better way to appropriately control the dissemination of sensitive information.

Then there’s this:

Second, although FBI policy strictly limits the employees who are authorized to speak to the media, we found that this policy appeared to be widely ignored during the period we reviewed. We identified numerous FBI employees, at all levels of the organization and with no official reason to be in contact with the media, who were nevertheless in frequent contact with reporters. The large number of FBI employees who were in contact with journalists during this time period impacted our ability to identify the sources of leaks.

The IG’s stated takeaway from the discovered leaks is a needed change in the FBI’s apparent cultural attitude. They recommended that the FBI “evaluate whether (a) it is sufficiently educating its employees about both its media contact policy and the Department’s ethics rules, and (b) its disciplinary penalties are sufficient to deter such improper conduct.”

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“Dozens and hundreds of people.”  So, tell me again how it’s just a few people who are corrupt and not the whole department??

Maybe some of you can confirm or correct me here, but it’s my understanding that the IG gives his assessment, and then it goes to the Office of Professional Affairs who make their recommendations on firings, punishment, etc. That’s the chain they followed when Sessions fired McCabe. I believe that’s when we’ll learn names and related offenses, although based on what we’ve seen in the past, I’m not expecting much.

All of this within the FBI – just one department – so you can begin to see just how vast this swamp we call a government really is.

~Kathy



Categories: Political

10 replies

  1. Reblogged this on Lauren Creech's Random Thoughts and commented:
    The corruption at all levels of government is bad, but this is despicable.

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  2. It is indeed a vast swamp, Kathy.

    The standards for the culture come from the top, so with Comey in charge it’s no wonder the entire agency went bad.

    Accountability is the only way to cure pervasive corruption. Let’s hope someone at the top understands this.

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    • From what little I’ve read on it today, there doesn’t seem to be much appetite for making changes. Director Wray talked like he was unaware of Comey’s activities, even though he worked right under him. Although he did say he would have done things much differently (easy to say now) and will work diligently to clean up the FBI. (We’ll see about that)

      Horowitz says there wasn’t any political bias in what the lovebirds talked about, but then he later said he was very concerned with the comment ‘we’ll stop it’ as it indicated intent to change the outcome of the election. Is that not political bias??

      If the leaks were addressed, I missed it, except I did see that there will be new protocol issued regarding such. (to be ignored just like the others).

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      • I thought the I.G.s and Wray’s responses about leaks were really lame. They actually suggested with a straight face that trained FBI agents need remedial training on the rules for sharing information. I hope (but doubt) that some Republican senator asked what the rational is for not just firing people who willfully defied FBI rules. There is no excuse.

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      • Those rules for sharing info were likely addressed the first week on the job, much like the rules for sexual misconduct they had to be retrained on. Maybe what needs to be changed are the hiring rules, if we continually have retrain the employees.

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  3. We, the people, can’t ‘look the other way’ anymore. This stuff has evolved into being extremely serious and someone (Trump) has got to stop it NOW. I think that it’s time that a ‘zero tolerance’ policy be implemented relative to ALL high-level personnel, especially in DOL, FBI, and State that NO leaks, or quid pro quo ‘gifts’ will be tolerated.

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    • You’re right, Garnet, the time for looking the other way is long gone. One thing that concerns me is that this whole ordeal has become so big and so intertwined that conservatives and Trump supporters of all levels are losing interest. The Dems are good at keeping people distracted with their 3-ring circus so that after a while, people start to walk away. It’s easier for them to carry on with business as usual if they’re not under the microscope.

      To combat that, Jeff Sessions needs to get serious and start handing out pink slips immediately. Now is the time for him to prove that he’s either on the side of law and order, or he’s part of the swamp.

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  4. The gifts for information from journos is sobering. This is bribery pure and simple. Guess the law can’t do anything about the journalists but the FBI personal? A certain Virginia governor went to jail over gifts.

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    • At first I was surprised by that too, but then I remembered something from way back about just how common this is in DC. Everything comes with a price, even if it’s just tickets to a baseball game.

      The difference between the FBI employees and the governor receiving gifts could be because he’s an elected official – would have to look into it more to be sure.

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