Discovery Of Another Democratic "Secret Server" May Have Prompted Imran Awan's Firing, Report

The mysterious case of Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz's now indicted former IT staffer, continues to grow more interesting by the day.  As we've noted before, Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, have so far only been charged with bank fraud and conspiracy though new allegations of wrongdoing seemingly surface on a daily basis. 

Now, the latest revelation comes via an exclusive report from The Daily Caller which suggests that Awan may have been fired only after Capitol Police discovered a "secret server" being housed by the House Democratic Caucus.

A secret server is behind law enforcement’s decision to ban a former IT aide to Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz from the House network.

 

Now-indicted former congressional IT aide Imran Awan allegedly routed data from numerous House Democrats to a secret server. Police grew suspicious and requested a copy of the server early this year, but they were provided with an elaborate falsified image designed to hide the massive violations. The falsified image is what ultimately triggered their ban from the House network Feb. 2, according to a senior House official with direct knowledge of the investigation.

 

The secret server was connected to the House Democratic Caucus, an organization chaired by then-Rep. Xavier Becerra. Police informed Becerra that the server was the subject of an investigation and requested a copy of it. Authorities considered the false image they received to be interference in a criminal investigation, the senior official said.

 

Data was also backed up to Dropbox in huge quantities, the official said. Congressional offices are prohibited from using Dropbox, so an unofficial account was used, meaning Awan could have still had access to the data even though he was banned from the congressional network.

 

Awan had access to all emails and office computer files of 45 members of Congress who are listed below. Fear among members that Awan could release embarrassing information if they cooperated with prosecutors could explain why the Democrats have refused to acknowledge the cybersecurity breach publicly or criticize the suspects.

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According to the DC, the "secret server" was discovered when California Congressman, and chair of the House Democratic Caucus, Xavier Becerra asked to have his server wiped clean (you know, like with a cloth) in advance of his departure to take his new seat as Attorney General of California.

On Jan. 24, 2017, Becerra vacated his congressional seat to become California’s attorney general. “He wanted to wipe his server, and we brought to his attention it was under investigation. The light-off was we asked for an image of the server, and they deliberately turned over a fake server,” the senior official said.

 

“They were using the House Democratic Caucus as their central service warehouse … It was a breach. The data was completely out of [the members’] possession. Does it mean it was sold to the Russians? I don’t know,” the senior official said.

 

Capitol Police considered the image a sign that the Awans knew exactly what they were doing and were going to great lengths to try to cover it up, the senior official said. The House Sergeant-at-Arms banned them from the network as a result.

 

The senior official said the data was also funneled offsite via a Dropbox account, from which copies could easily be downloaded. Authorities could not immediately shut down the account when the Awans were banned from the network because it was not an official account.

 

“For members to say their data was not compromised is simply inaccurate. They had access to all the data including all emails. Imran Awan is the walking example of an insider threat, a criminal actor who had access to everything,” the senior official said.

Meanwhile, these latest allegations come after Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) appeared on Fox News yesterday to share his prediction that the Awans could be working on a broader immunity deal with prosecutors in return for a "significant" and "pretty disturbing" story about Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

“I don’t want to talk out of school here but I think you're going to see some revelations that are going to be pretty profound.  The fact that this wife is coming back from Pakistan and is willing to face charges, as it were, I think there is a good chance she is going to reach some type of immunity to tell a larger story here that is going to be pretty disturbing to the American people.”

 

"I would just predict that this is going to be a very significant story and people should fasten their seat belts on this one."

 

This all follows speculation that surfaced last week suggesting that even if the Awans were originally acting to protect/extort Debbie Wasserman Schultz, that may have all changed on April 6, 2017 when Imran seemingly led U.S. Capitol Police directly to her laptop.  Per The Daily Caller:

A laptop that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has frantically fought to keep prosecutors from examining may have been planted for police to find by her since-indicted staffer, Imran Awan, along with a letter to the U.S. Attorney.

 

U.S. Capitol Police found the laptop after midnight April 6, 2017, in a tiny room that formerly served as a phone booth in the Rayburn House Office Building, according to a Capitol Police report reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group. Alongside the laptop were a Pakistani ID card, copies of Awan’s driver’s license and congressional ID badge, and letters to the U.S. attorney. Police also found notes in a composition notebook marked “attorney-client privilege.”

 

The laptop had the username “RepDWS,” even though the Florida Democrat and former Democratic National Committee chairman previously said it was Awan’s computer and that she had never even seen it.

 

The laptop was found on the second floor of the Rayburn building — a place Awan would have had no reason to go because Wasserman Schultz’s office is in the Longworth building and the other members who employed him had fired him.

Of course, we're certain this is just more attempts to "criminalize behavior that is normal."

Comments

Publicus_Reanimated Sep 13, 2017 11:22 PM Permalink

Dropbox?  Dropbox... Un ever loving believable.  The people overseeing security for this agency need to be horsewhipped in the public square.  This is an indictment of the system and the process.

Eddielaidler Sep 13, 2017 10:56 PM Permalink

It's no accident that Hillary Clinton is trying to sound so strong right now. Imran Awan was ...her quote "Anthony weiners trusted staff" He supplied all the phones.

Crush the cube Sep 13, 2017 10:56 PM Permalink

Makes one wonder about other stories, why the Nork's are so damn desperate to get a ICBM on line, and why the cash pallet drops and folding with Iran.  Do they dropbox?

truthalwayswinsout Sep 13, 2017 10:30 PM Permalink

Rome had these same problems. The sad part is they are very easy to solve; all it takes is term limits and the dismantling of the administrative state. Unless we fix them we are in our last days of the republic.

Crush the cube truthalwayswinsout Sep 13, 2017 11:00 PM Permalink

Term limits wouldn't do squat, the same two suspects would supply the fodder.  Take away the ability of any party to raise funds on a national level, and put all politics at the county or at least state level.  No political money crosses a state line, or death results.  Same with a party, state level only.  The lower state legislative body appoints a senator directly, as it used to be.

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Xena fobe Sep 13, 2017 9:21 PM Permalink

Is there any honest person left in govt to investigate and prosecute?All I can imagine is some FBI agent confronting an evil doer by asking for bribes to make it all go away.  The law only applies to the working class.

any_mouse Xena fobe Sep 13, 2017 9:34 PM Permalink

No, there is not.

One does not get to play in the game, unless one knows the how the game is played and who the players are.

Even the ones who appear to have an interest in Truth, Justice, etc. get some air time, then drop the subject without any action.

Comey's action in not taking the Clinton case to the Prosecutors is appalling. No one calls Comey out for that breach of his duty to investigate and turn the case over to the Prosecution to make that determination.

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thebigunit Sep 13, 2017 8:52 PM Permalink

Juicy story, but I expect that it's going to take some time to sort it all out.It's like discovering a cluster of snakes all wrapped around each other.  It's hard to which snake is screwing which snake, and which snake is the top snake.You just have to carefully pull them apart and put each snake in its own sack.  And then take a separtate statement from each snake to figure out which ones are speaking with forked tongue.The easiest course would be to just through the whole wad of snakes into a shredder and be done with it, but then you never get the chance to have the snakes rat out other snakes.

FoggyWorld thebigunit Sep 13, 2017 9:21 PM Permalink

By the time it's sorted out, Imran Awan will have returned to Pakistan.   More and more games are played and while the Tylers are relying on the Daily Caller, I suggest that people also check out George Webb on YouTube to see a slightly different and much more detailed picture.For starters, I don't believe for one minute that the Russians were involved but it pretty clear that Pakistan and possibly the UAE and heaven only knows who else the Awan Brothers supplied with very sensitive data pertaining to our national security.   Blackmail material just wouldn't have required the truly elaborate data collection service that the Awans ran both in Congress as well as the DNC.And given all the time and money the US DC AG's office where Debbie's brother works, and their efforts to keep the lid on the entire thing, I wonder really if we will ever get to know the entire story.  It is huge but apparently is being stifled by Awan's Clinton lawyer, the FBI, the federal prosecutors and either a sleeping or a cooperative Judge. 

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opport.knocks Sep 13, 2017 8:54 PM Permalink

It is worth repeating that the Awans would not have been where they were if they were not vetted, approved and monitored by the CIA and NSA. They were likely also reporting back to them on a frequent basis, To believe otherwise implies that the the CIA and NSA are incompetent and had no interest in what Members of Congress are up to. It defies basic logic.So obviously they screwed up and it is very unlikely that they were spying for another government. That would shorten their life span greatly - unless it was for Israel of course.The most obvious explanation is that the Awans were supposed to ensure that ALL of DWS (and others) data was secure. They obviously did not secure the DNC servers from internal intrusion and file copying.So now the problem is how to punish them for incompetence in allowing the DNC data to be copied, without destroying the fictional Russian hacker narrative that the Dems are so heavily invested in. 

chubbar opport.knocks Sep 13, 2017 9:31 PM Permalink

The CIA and NSA don't vet people, the FBI does (for security clearances). The FBI came out yesterday and said that after reviewing their files, there is no way they would have gotten security clearances and that they must have been cleared on the orders of someone in a position of authority to order it.This is going to be quite a scandal if they can't get this shoved back in the box pretty soon and it doesn't sound like the capital police are playing ball with the Dems on this one.

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thebigunit chubbar Sep 15, 2017 5:36 PM Permalink

Oh WOW!  This really DOES sound like a big deal!

The FBI came out yesterday and said that after reviewing their files, there is no way they would have gotten security clearances and that they must have been cleared on the orders of someone in a position of authority to order it.

Here's the reference:http://truepundit.com/fbi-awans-security-clearances-forged-granted-acce… 

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FoggyWorld opport.knocks Sep 13, 2017 9:27 PM Permalink

That vetting doesn't seem to have been done the normal way.  And it does seem likely if you look at the recent Indian catch of Pakistani's infiltrating their government that we were undergoing the very same thing.  Difference is the Indians stopped it where the US wants it swept under the rug.  Too many influential people would be ensnared so there will be no punishment for anyone at all if things continue to be handled the way they have been since Awan was stopped at an airport headed for Pakistan - almost by fluke. 

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FoggyWorld I love your wife Sep 13, 2017 9:30 PM Permalink

Steven Wasserman is a Senior Prosecutor in that very same DC office.  His name has not appeared on any official documents but he did write on Twitter in early August that this was a "nothingburger."   How would he have known?And no, unlike Sessions who overdid it, Steve Wasserman has NOT recused himself and would no doubt say he hasn't had a thing to do with this case that could easily destroy his sister.

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Herr Deux I love your wife Sep 13, 2017 9:10 PM Permalink

Steve Wasserman? I'm sure there's no conflict of interest there!How the fuck did it take months to arrest the guy? And why did the DoJ only accuse him of fraud on ONE of his seven houses?I'd bet there's plenty of potential blackmail keeping things as quiet as they can keep it, but this story has some legs.George Webb has been surprisingly accurate in his investigation thus far. 

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Stormtrooper Sep 13, 2017 8:31 PM Permalink

I bet that when we do the High Treason firing squad execution of Wasserman, Clinton and Obama, that I could do the job with one bullet.  That would save the taxpayers a lot of money.

Dickweed Wang Sep 13, 2017 8:24 PM Permalink

DWS is dirty as hell but what's really going to suck is if she gets thrown under the bus to protect the larger group of demonrats that were involved in this.  Every single CONgressman and every single aide that new about this situation and did nothing should go to prison for 20 to life . . . no exceptions.

mc888 Sep 13, 2017 8:07 PM Permalink

They were "backing up" everything to Dropbox?? That's almost as dumb as putting your proprietary business data on "the cloud".Since using Dropbox is a violation of House network security policy, IT should have had routing tables set up to re-route and log those requests. Oh wait... the Awans were in charge of IT.Hitlary was the largest breach of security in the history of the State Dept. This has got to be the largest breach of security in the history of Congress.

any_mouse mc888 Sep 13, 2017 9:22 PM Permalink

I am sure they used Dropbox precisely for the lack of control over who can access the data and from where.

Pesky Government data security rules, limiting the ability of a political rat to monetize confidential data.

CIA worked with ISI back in the Soviet days. Supposedly bin Laden was hanging out in Pakistan when the Oh Dark Thirty story was produced. Leaving a high tech helicopter behind.

Pakistan may still be used for clandestine movement in and out of Afghanistan.

Awan could be ISI. Not all the rats need to connect back to Israel.

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mc888 any_mouse Sep 13, 2017 9:41 PM Permalink

That's what I've been assuming. In a recent Congressional Committee hearing, DWS tried to defend her use of Dropbox in spite of the known violation of security protocols. She tried to shift the blame to the policy makers instead of her spook IT staff. So she's probably complicit rather than ignorant. Andre Carsons tie to the 'secretly still active' email account? Unsure of the extent of his involvement, but that hook runs deep.

Authorities apparently did not realize Awan has a second account that is not linked to his identity. While his main email address began rejecting mail after it was shut down, the 123 address was still accepting mail Tuesday.Mail sent via Gmail fills in the name of the account-holder of 123 as Nathan Bennett, whose LinkedIn profile says his individual legislative portfolio covers “national security and foreign affairs” and includes work on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The member Bennett works for, Carson, is a member of both the House Intelligence and House Homeland Security Committees, and previously employed Awan. Carson is ranking member of the House intelligence subcommittee on emerging threats, which oversees the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The subcommittee oversight extends to the National Counterterrorism Center and information-sharing programs.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/29/exclusive-imran-awan-has-still-active…  

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Dickweed Wang mc888 Sep 13, 2017 8:14 PM Permalink

They were "backing up" everything to Dropbox?? That's almost as dumb as putting your proprietary business data on "the cloud". First we have sites like Facefuck where everyone feels compelled to put their most intimate personal details on the internet for the world to see and then we have "the cloud" which people and companies are using in lieu of a hard drive to put their sensitive information on (or even to back up their PC's or servers).  Are people really that stupid or am I missing something here??

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doctor10 Sep 13, 2017 8:00 PM Permalink

There is something damn good and ugly going on if the Liberal Democrat Party is so suddenly willing, just in the last 18 months, to beat the Russia War Drums and start warbling like Senator Joe McCarthy and Brother John Birch.

I'm afraid its beginning to appear as though they were running a wholesale data shop retailing out bits an pieces of Fed.gov to the highest bidder.

And the ex-congresscritter is now an Attorney General in California?!!

FoggyWorld doctor10 Sep 13, 2017 9:45 PM Permalink

It's called deflection.   And notice how no one is investigating Uranium One and the John Podesta's ownership stake in a Russian company.  When he wentt to run HRC'S campaign, I believe he simply transferred those shares to his daughter to clean up his resume.   But Mueller doesn't even look at those known things.So they are using their own problems and with a mirror shining them on Trump.

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