NOW: Congressional Aides Fear Politicians Are Being Blackmailed by Suspects in IT Breach
Confusion reigns supreme among Congressional technology aides after four former House IT workers, who have since been banned from the congressional network, committed data-theft and yet continues to go generally ignored.
Imran Awan and his three relatives worked for the House of Representatives in the IT department but were banned by police after suspicion arose that the brothers broke into congressional computers without permission. TGP previously reported on this story.
The Daily Caller has released a detailed look at this situation, the following is a direct excerpt:
Five Capitol Hill technology aides told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group that members of Congress have displayed an inexplicable and intense loyalty towards the suspects who police say victimized them. The baffled aides wonder if the suspects are blackmailing representatives based on the contents of their emails and files, to which they had full access.
“I don’t know what they have, but they have something on someone. It’s been months at this point” with no arrests, said Pat Sowers, who has managed IT for several House offices for 12 years. “Something is rotten in Denmark.”
A manager at a tech-services company that works with Democratic House offices said he approached congressional offices, offering their services at one-fourth the price of Awan and his Pakistani brothers, but the members declined. At the time, he couldn’t understand why his offers were rejected but now he suspects the Awans exerted some type of leverage over members.
“There’s no question about it: If I was accused of a tenth of what these guys are accused of, they’d take me out in handcuffs that same day, and I’d never work again,” he said.
The Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak, an investigative reporter, penned a comprehensive piece on the topic, which you can read in full here.