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.

DWS

 

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

knukles knukles Wed, 09/13/2017 - 20:03 Permalink

Oh fuck.Does this means those love letters we been exchnaging will now be made public?  I'll be ever so embarrassed if anybody finds out how turned on I get when she unzips and sheds her skin, showing off her scales.  And that tucking forked tongue just drives me nuts!               (shivers)

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JSBach1 knukles Wed, 09/13/2017 - 21:44 Permalink

Does anyone believe that Imran was re-routing this much data onto a server and then synching it to an unofficial Dropbox account and for this many congress people, that we know of to this point, simply to hold onto it personal use/resale/blackmail? He and his associates -- were planted there, albeit on different occasions, for a common purpose and as such I suspect that this leads directly to a state actor(s).

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swmnguy JSBach1 Wed, 09/13/2017 - 22:19 Permalink

I don't know about actual foreign espionage.But I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if DWS weren't doing her own surveillance of the Democratic House Caucus, in cahoots with the whole Clinton cabal.The Hillary Clinton Democrats seem to have a fascination with, and profound ignorance of, computers.  There's Hillary's homebrew server, which she had her flunkies set up because she wanted to keep using her Blackberry to access her e-mail.  Then when the Sanders campaign started getting traction, DWS claimed falsely the Sanders people had hacked into the Clinton part of the DNC donor database.  And meanwhile, there was all this going on with the Awans, who got their foot in the door with the Dems under Bob Wexler, and continued with DWS.DWS is pretty dumb.  She's also vicious, very tenacious and doggedly loyal to Hillary.  It strikes me as very likely she'd be the kind of person who would think it was clever to spy on her caucus, to find anyone insufficiently loyal the Hillary and punish them had Hillary become President.  She'd be just dumb enough to want stuff covertly synched to a Dropbox account, not thinking it could all be traced back to her, or those under her control, easily. 

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JSBach1 swmnguy Wed, 09/13/2017 - 23:57 Permalink

I suspect that your inclination to tie this to Clinton is due, in part, to the fact that a lawyer with ties to the Clintons, Christopher Gowenis, is representing Imran Awan. For me, however, it is the fact that they specifically chose members of the House Permanent Select Committee and House Committee on Foreign Affairs, which deal primarily in foreign and intelligence matters, along with the fact that these perpetrators were all foreign nationals with ties to foreign intelligence services that leads me to suspect foreign involvement in this matter. As you recall Clinton's MO is domestic agents -- who can be controlled and/or disposed of with relative ease-of-reach.

BTW, nice to finally have a direct dialogue with you; I've enjoyed your personal stories involving work and your family. It seems you did a great job rasing your children even though exposing them through the public school system in or near the inner-city -- no easy feat for sure.

Of course George Webb has been the stalwart in this endeavor!

(This site even referenced ZeroHedge)
http://tennesseestar.com/2017/07/30/commentary-democrat-it-spy-tries-to…

http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/04/exclusive-house-intelligence-it-staff…

http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/07/congress-it-probe-suspects-had-massiv…

http://nypost.com/2017/08/19/it-staffers-may-have-compromised-sensitive…

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Gazooks JSBach1 Thu, 09/14/2017 - 06:29 Permalink

no doubt about it George Webb's detractors apparently can't read or comprehend mounds of evidence he and his team have accrued over the past 330 days of shit digging. I couldn't care less what his ancestry or resumé contains. The man is a dogged investigator and humanitarian of high order.

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runnymede XWeatherman Thu, 09/14/2017 - 01:54 Permalink

Good lord, you probably turned down your grandma's Christmas present because she bought it at Gimbels. Whatever else George Webb may or may not be, he is exposing the institutionalized corruption that is D.C. and putting faces, names and departments on it. Very courageous man. And as far as his skills; at least he's putting them to work rooting out corruption and forcing people to play their hands--especially the enablers and corrupt prosecutors. You deserve a GFY, but I'm in a good mood tonight, so I won't. 

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RumpleShitzkin JSBach1 Wed, 09/13/2017 - 23:31 Permalink

It could be done. I have scripts that can savage a laptop for the files I want and dump them anywhere I specify as a destination for the dump.

Awan could have used something similar, then reversed the process at night to dump from Dropbox to local storage at his house.

The kind of taxpayer money they were throwing around, I'm sure they have tip top bandwidth to dump all kinds of shit wherever they wanted.

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doctor10 Boris Alatovkrap Wed, 09/13/2017 - 19:54 Permalink

Shit...do we even HAVE a functional Republic anylonger?

This crap gives life to the Keystone Kops...how many effin' "intelligence" agencies are we paying salaries on? 16-17 ?WTF?

And yet start a 501C3 devoted to limited government and Lois Lerner will find and prove the lemonade stand on the street corner you started in 6th grade still has outstanding health department violations and unpaid taxes...due with penalty.

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tmosley Cognitive Dissonance Wed, 09/13/2017 - 19:38 Permalink

You always need to have a second cleaner to clean up the mess left by the first one.Then a third.Then a fourth.There is no end to it. That is why the Dems are feeling so cornered these days. EVERYTHING is going to come out at some point. The ones who aren't deep in Trump derangement syndrome can see it, and are trying to salvage the situation. Luckily, those are few and far between. 

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Buck Johnson Cognitive Dissonance Thu, 09/14/2017 - 08:25 Permalink

Allowing a Pakistani national to have access to at least 45 congressional members electronic data from email to chat to personal files without having that said person vetted by the national security apparatus?  Hell yes this guy and his tema where selling this information and also sendin this information to Pakistan.  I bet there is alot of dirty information on file.  It amazes me how lax security is around essentially the court of politics in regard to the lawmakers and such.  I guess when you make the rules and laws how do you follow the rules and laws.  By allowing this to happen and/or being fast and  lose in regard to dirt they are doing, they have been conned and scammed and taken for a ride by intelligence agents at the very least. There has been many rumors that members of congress and senate have been blackmailed by foreign nations and it's being covered up.  

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LadyAtZero Wed, 09/13/2017 - 19:35 Permalink

A secret server!  Ah!  Everyone who deals with secured information with our government should have a secret server, so they can, you know, copy things to it.  Perhaps Imran and Hina  were using the secret server to  write their  book.."What Happened,"  or in Urdu: Wh  (*&^(*&^&.

shimmy Wed, 09/13/2017 - 19:36 Permalink

I like how Russia got brought up by that senior official. Just pathetic.That banana republic right now is the biggest joke in the history of mankind.