The Democrats have shown time and again that they just can’t hack it and heck, that they can’t even be trusted. Days before Imran Awan’s hard drives were seized it turns out that the U.S. Capitol Police wanted to get a hold of them as well. And now they’re part of the FBI’s investigation.
If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that Democrats have a real problem with information security.
In a complicated and growing scandal, federal investigators have seized smashed hard drives from a foreign-born technician connected to the Democratic National Committee.
While the details are still unraveling, the actions of that foreign technician reveal that fraud and possibly espionage could be part of the scheme.
According to an exclusive report from The Daily Caller, the FBI has taken possession of computer drives found at the former home of Imran Awan, an IT expert who was born in Pakistan.
Awan has been a longtime computer consultant for congresswoman and former DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Initial reports indicate that Awan and three of his relatives had unlawful access to sensitive emails and files from dozens of House Democrats.
The FBI isn’t the only agency reportedly looking into the scandal. Politico recently stated that the U.S. Capitol Police are part of the investigation, and described the suspects as “committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network.”
A Daily Caller report showed that Awan and his relatives have been paid $4 million by House Democrats since 2009.
“Imran, Abid and Jamal Awan, Hina Alvi, Natalia Sova and Rao Abbas set up the email accounts and computer systems for dozens of members of Congress and their staffs, and they could read all emails and files on those systems,” a different Daily Caller report from earlier this month revealed.
“A fellow congressional IT aide told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group that potentially sensitive information was being transmitted to an off-site server,” continued the report.
The Daily Caller has obtained exclusive information from a source close to the investigation into the activities of Pakistani brothers who worked in IT positions for Democratic members of Congress, including Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida, indicating that the FBI has seized smashed computer hard drives from the home of one of the men.
Pakistani-born Imran Awan, long-time right-hand IT aide to the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman, has since desperately tried to get the hard drives back, the individual told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.
A high-level congressional source, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe, confirmed that the FBI has joined what Politico previously described as a Capitol Police criminal probe into “serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network” by Imran and three of his relatives, who had access to the emails and files of the more than two dozen House Democrats who employed them on a part-time basis.
Capitol Police have also seized computer equipment tied to the Florida lawmaker.
Imran Awan, his two brothers, two of their wives, and two friends, all worked for various members of Congress, but routinely missed weekly meetings and were reported to have been transferring data to an off-site server.
When Imran learned he was under investigation in February he abruptly moved out of his home in Virginia and listed it for rent on a website catering to members of the military.