Judge Napolitano says that the Imran Awan case is not about bank fraud though that is the charge – for now. The investigation is really about — no, not Islamophobia — selling national secrets. Many suggest he was selling information to radical Islamists.
“He was arrested for some financial crime. That’s the tip of the iceberg. The real crime against him was that he had contact, he had access to emails of every member of Congress and he sold what he found in there. What did he sell and to whom did he sell it. That’s what the FBI wants to know. This may be a very, very serious national security investigation.”
There is a great article at National Review by Andy McCarthy that provides a great rundown. It’s succinct, interesting and raises some fascinating questions. Mr. McCarthy was a U.S. prosecutor and he doesn’t believe this case is about bank fraud. He agrees that it’s about national security.
These Awans were getting paid astronomically and some seemed to have been paid for no-show jobs. Imran Awan’s wife was allowed to leave the country with a sum on money that does not fit legal guidelines. Two other Awans are under suspicion.
There is a lot of evidence suggesting the Awans are master swindlers. Given the Awan family’s obvious failings and suspicious behavior in accessing secret intel and transferring it to remote servers, what are they chances they didn’t sell Democrat congressional secrets?
Imran worked for Wasserman-Schultz for 13 years and, according to Rep. Steve King, had access to everything on the House Foreign Intelligence Committee computers.
In total, about 20 to 80 computers were compromised.
Even stranger is that last year eight members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued a demand that staffers be given access to top secret classified information, Frontpage Magazine reported. Why? That gave the Awans full access.
The signatories to the letter demanding access were Andre Carson, Luis Guiterez, Jim Himes, Terri Sewell, Jackie Speier, Mike Quigley, Eric Swalwell and Patrick Murphy. All the signatories were Democrats. Some had a history of attempting to undermine national security. The access was granted.
Here are a few excerpts from the McCarthy article:
…Awan and his family cabal of fraudsters had access for years to the e-mails and other electronic files of members of the House’s Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees. It turns out they were accessing members’ computers without their knowledge, transferring files to remote servers, and stealing computer equipment — including hard drives that Awan & Co. smashed to bits of bytes before making tracks…
…This is not about bank fraud. The Awan family swindles are plentiful, but they are just window-dressing. This appears to be a real conspiracy, aimed at undermining American national security…
…A more pressing question is: Why were they given access to highly sensitive government information? Ordinarily, that requires a security clearance, awarded only after a background check that peruses ties to foreign countries, associations with unsavory characters, and vulnerability to blackmail.
Read the rest of the story at National Review. It’s excellent. There are many other questions in this complicated case. We don’t know however if we have all the facts.
Why did Wasserman-Schultz keep Imran on staff after all this suspicious information came out? It seems that she was going to pay Imran while he was doing whatever he does in Pakistan.
Andy McCarthy suggests one possibility for her behavior – blackmail?