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PostPosted: Sat June 10, 2017 4:48 pm 
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Awan Brothers Scandal Creates Fears About Scope Of Data Leak
by William Craddick
Jun 9, 2017 12:07 PM

Over the past few months, the story of the Awan brothers has been largely ignored by mainstream media. However, the brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan are at the center of a criminal investigation by U.S. Capital Hill Police. The Awan brothers were Pakistani IT specialists, whom worked for more than 30 house and senate democrats, as well as Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The substantial scandal has raised questions about who may have been passed data which the Awans had access to, given Pakistan's history of collaborating with a number of foreign countries who have demonstrated past willingness to influence U.S. politics.

Imran was first employed in 2004 by former Democrat Rep. Robert Wexler (FL) as an “information technology director”, before he began working in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office in 2005.

The family was paid extremely well, with Imran Awan being paid nearly $2 million working as an IT support staffer for House Democrats since 2004. Abid Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, were each paid more than $1 million working for House Democrats. In total, since 2003, the family has collected nearly $5 million.

The staffer’s services were so important to congressional members, that on March 22, 2016, eight democrat members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued a letter, requesting that their staffers be granted access to Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI). Of those that signed the letter were representatives Jackie Speier (CA) and Andre Carson (IN), the second Muslim in Congress, both of whom employed the Awan brothers.

The brothers were also employed by members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, such as: Jackie Speier (D-CA), Andre Carson (D-IN), Joaquín Castro (D-TX), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Robin Kelly (D-IL), and Ted Lieu (D-CA). Lieu has since openly called for leaks by members of President Trump's administration despite the fact that he may until recently have been under surveillance by a foreign entity.

One bombshell that has been all but ignored by the main stream media is that Imran Awan had access to Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s iPad password, meaning that the brothers also had direct access to the notorious DNC emails.

The brothers are accused of removing hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment from congressional offices, including computers and servers, while also running a procurement scheme in which they bought equipment, then overcharged the House administrative office that assigns such contractors to members.

Some congressional technology aides believe that the Awan’s are blackmailing representatives based on the contents of their emails and files, due to the fact that these representatives have displayed unwavering and intense loyalty towards the former aides.

For example, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), once named one of the most corrupt members of Congress, had at one time or another employed each of the brothers has stated that they were being “falsely targeted because they are Muslims, some with ties to Pakistan.”

According to Pat Sower, who has managed IT services for several members of Congress, something is amiss: “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.”

On February 20th, 2017, the Daily Caller reported that investigators found that congressional information was being copied to an off-site server, implying that the brothers were improperly accessing information and stealing congressional property.

According to one congressional staffer, the Awan’s set up a remote access so they could connect from wherever they are, and have full access to everything on the member’s system.

Despite being ordered by Capitol police that he was no longer to come near House servers, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) has kept Imran, whom is the suspect in a major criminal investigation, on in an “advisory position” in order to get around police orders.

Terror Ties And Unravelling Of Scandal

The security breach of congressional data may have actually benefitted terrorists indirectly. According to a former CIA source close to Townhall columnist Fred Fleitz, whom has held national security jobs for 25 years with the CIA, DIA, Department of State and the House Intelligence Committee staff, the Awan brothers may have ties to the Pakistani intelligence service, ISI.

The Awan’s had reportedly received a $100,000 loan from Dr. Ali al-Attar, an Iraqi politician. Dr. Attar is currently wanted by the U.S., and has also been linked to Iranian-backed Hezbollah. According to Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, after giving the loan to the Awan brothers in 2012, Dr. Attar was “observed in Beirut, Lebanon conversing with a Hezbollah official.” Dr. Attar is also accused of helping provoke the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq as a leader of Iraqi dissidents opposed to then President Saddam Hussein.

On May 22, 2017, the Daily Caller reported that one of the suspects, Hina Alvi, has since fled to Pakistan, where her family is said to have significant assets and VIP-level protection. According to court documents, the Awan brothers are treated as VIPs by Pakistani officials, traveling throughout the country with a police motorcade. This brings about the question: Why are simple House IT staffers provided the protection and security similar to that of diplomats?

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Threatens Capitol Police

On May 24, at the annual police budget hearing, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz used her position on the committee to challenge the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, of his departments confiscation of a laptop owned by Imran Awan. The laptop was found by police after it had been hidden in an unused crevice of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Schultz demanded that the police relinquish custody of the laptop and have it returned to her office. However, because the laptop was the property of Imran Awan, whom is under criminal investigation, the chief refused to comply with Schultz orders. This lead to Schultz openly threatening the chief, stating that she believed his department was “violating the rules when you conduct your business that way and you should expect that there will be consequences.”

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