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Tue Jul 3, 2018, 11:24 AM

Ex-congressional IT staffer reaches plea deal that debunks conspiracy theories

Ex-congressional IT staffer reaches plea deal that debunks conspiracy theories about illegal information access

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/congressional-it-staffer-reaches-plea-deal-that-debunks-conspiracy-theories-about-illegal-information-access/2018/07/03/3f22786a-7e30-11e8-b0ef-fffcabeff946_story.html?utm_term=.d981d83df8b5

Federal prosecutors concluded an 18-month investigation into a former congressional technology staffer on Tuesday by publicly debunking allegations — promoted by conservative media and President Trump — suggesting he was a Pakistani operative who stole government secrets with cover from House Democrats.

As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Imran Awan pleaded guilty to a relatively minor offense unrelated to his work on Capitol Hill: making a false statement on a bank loan application. U.S. prosecutors said they would not recommend jail time.

But the agreement included an unusual passage that described the scope of the investigation and cleared Awan of a litany of conspiracy theories promulgated on Internet blogs, picked up by right-leaning news sites, and fanned by President Trump on Twitter.

“The Government has uncovered no evidence that your client violated federal law with respect to the House computer systems,” including stealing equipment or illegally accessing or transferring information, prosecutors wrote in the plea agreement dated and signed Tuesday.

Awan and four of his associates, including family members, worked as IT specialists for dozens of Democratic lawmakers until they were banned from the computer network in February 2017 for allegedly violating House security rules. The ensuing investigation attracted aggressive coverage by conservative media outlets — led by the Daily Caller — and prompted calls from Trump to prosecute Awan, whom the president referred to in one tweet as the “Pakistani mystery man.”

The case has highlighted Trump’s willingness to lobby for specific outcomes of federal criminal investigations and to suggest a coverup by his own Department of Justice. Trump also attempted to tie Awan to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee server — a breach that intelligence agencies have concluded was directed by Russia.


The conspiracy theory BS on the right is getting out of control and dangerous. When Dems retake Congress, they need to find some way to prosecute deliberate spewers of misinformation.

And there is something to be said of a US president claiming a US citizen is some sort of dangerous foreign agent because of his race.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Tue Jul 3, 2018, 01:06 PM

1. This RWNJ Conspiracy theory never made sense

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Tue Jul 3, 2018, 04:12 PM

2. Yep - another conspiracy theory bites the dust. As if debunking will make any difference to the

 

die hards for whom the DNC will always be "sinister."

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Tue Jul 3, 2018, 11:20 PM

3. K&R

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