Revealed: Name of Top FBI Official Who Leaked to Media – But DOJ Declined Prosecution
Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report in May revealing that an FBI Deputy Assistant Director had taken gifts from journalists, had numerous unauthorized contacts with the media and even disclosed the existence of classified information under seal to the media.
Horowitz did not name the senior FBI official in his report, however he did state that the DOJ declined prosecution.
According to investigative reporter Sara Carter, this top FBI official is Bryan Paarmann.
Sara Carter reported:
Several officials confirmed to SaraACarter.com this week that the unknown senior FBI official is Bryan Paarmann. Paarmann, who began his career with the bureau in 1996, was shuffled by FBI Director Christopher Wray in August, 2017 from his position as FBI Deputy Assistant Director of the International Operations Division to special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division for the New York field office. He is currently on leave and his security clearance has been suspended, sources stated.
Horowitz did not name Paarmann in the investigative summary released in May, but instead referred to him as a Deputy Assistant Director. Horowitz’s investigation focused on the time Paarmann was working at the FBI’s Washington D.C. headquarters as the Deputy Assistant Director of the International Operations Division.
A senior DOJ official confirmed to Sara Carter “that the decision by the Department of Justice to decline prosecution was made before William Barr was Attorney General.”
This news comes on the heels of an explosive report by Judicial Watch who obtained 14 referrals of FBI officials for leaking sensitive or classified information.
Out of the 14 leakers, only four were fired!
“No wonder the FBI was leaking so profusely. Collectively, these documents show lenient treatment for evident criminal activity. Only four of the 14 employees found to have made an unauthorized disclosure were dismissed from the FBI,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton on Tuesday. “And even though Andrew McCabe was fired and referred for a criminal investigation for his leak, no prosecution has taken place.”