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Re: Seth Rich

Postby kinderdigi » Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:19 am

"It's actually 5 women, including both of his own (simultaneous) wives.

One said she was kept "like a slave." Police found her bloodied. After police call, gunmen shot into her home.

Stepmom also said she was "kept in captivity"

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Soon After Imran Awan’s Other Wife Called Police On Him, Gunmen Shot At Her
9:14 PM 06/07/2018
Luke Rosiak and Wajid Ali Syed | Contributor


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Former Democratic IT aide Imran Awan is simultaneously married to two women
Gunmen shot at one’s family home soon after she told police Imran kept her “like a slave”
She obtained restraining orders soon after
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ indicted former IT aide, Imran Awan, was married to two Virginia women simultaneously, and 15 days after one of them told police that Imran kept her “like a slave,” gunmen shot into her family home, according to police reports filed in Pakistan.
The shooting at Sumaira Siddique allegedly occurred in Pakistan in August 2016 — days after the House Inspector General informed the Committee on House Administration that Imran allegedly committed cybersecurity violations. In a report filed with the local police, Siddique’s father, who owns the home, said he believed Siddique had been targeted.
The shooting was unsolved, though in a separate case, Imran’s stepmother, Samina Gilani, alleged in court papers filed in April 2017 that Imran said he would “do harm to me and my family members back in Pakistan and one of my cousins here in Baltimore.” He also “threatened that he has the power to kidnap my family members back in Pakistan.”
Imran and his family also had access to all the emails and files of 1 in 5 House Democrats. The IG found the IT aide made “unauthorized access” to House data during the 2016 election at the same time Wasserman Schultz was dealing with the hack of the Democratic National Committee.



Fairfax County, Virginia police responded to disputes between Imran and Siddique in October 2015, November 2015 and July 2016, police records show. In one case, the police report said Siddique had “cut[s] on [her] stomach and arm.”
She also told police that Imran treated “her bad,” kept her “like a slave,” and that she “wanted info on how to obtain a restraining order against him,” according to a July 18, 2016 report.
Siddique then went back to her father’s home in Pakistan where, two weeks after the “slave” police report, assailants shot bullets at the house, a Pakistani police report and a local newspaper article.
“[A]round 2 AM, between August 1st and August 2nd, unknown gunmen shot multiple fires at my house and fled,” according to a police report filed on Aug. 3, 2016 by Siddique’s father, who noted his daughter was at his home at the time.

Authorities appeared reluctant to find the perpetrators, according to an Aug. 8 report in a local newspaper.
“A week after a Pakistani American female lawyer’s home in Pakistan was attacked by unknown gunmen, the police has still not taken action,” the Daily Ausaf article said. “They managed to register the case with the police station Shahkot, after an intervention by the US embassy but police has not taken any further action to find the perpetrators.”
Siddique’s father, Haji Rana Muhammad Ikram, also “said that the police has been unable to resolve the mysterious firing case,” the article continued. “He also said that his daughter has no animosity with anyone, neither she received any threatening calls during her stay in Pakistan.”
Imran has political connections in Pakistan stemming from his position working for the U.S. Congress, according to a 2009 article by the Pakistani paper Dawn. The paper reported his connections allowed him to get criminal charges against his father dropped in Pakistan.
In contrast to Wasserman Schultz’s outspokenness about Russian hackers, she told Florida media that Imran and his family “were being persecuted” and faced “racial, ethnic and religious profiling.” Her spokesman, David Damron, did not respond to questions about the Muslim women who expressed fears about Imran.
Imran’s other wife, Hina Alvi — who Wasserman Schultz also employed and who sources familiar with the couple said was Imran’s first cousin — said in court documents filed in Pakistan in September 2017 that Imran threatened violence against her in order to control her. Alvi also said Imran committed fraud and polygamy.
Imran retained a former aide to Hillary Clinton, Chris Gowen, as his lawyer in the congressional case. Gowen said in an interview with Sharyl Attkisson that Imran had no second wife and the threat accusations were a lie made up by “fake reporters.” He also said the cybersecurity and theft allegations in the IG report are false.
The Daily Caller News Foundation traveled to Pakistan and obtained the Pakistani marriage license between Imran and Siddique and the Pakistani police report and news article about a shooting. TheDCNF also obtained multiple Virginia restraining orders that said she and Imran had “cohabitated previously within 12 months” and ordering him to stay away from her, as well as three Virginia police records involving altercations between the pair.
The restraining orders say “either the Petitioner is in immediate and present danger of family abuse or there is sufficient evidence to establish probable cause that family abuse has recently occurred.” They add that “‘family abuse’ means any act involving violence, force or threat that results in bodily injury or places one in reasonable apprehension of death, sexual assault [or] bodily injury.”
Gowen previously lashed out at Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, saying, “The outrageous conspiracy theorists driving a false narrative through the press should be reminded that Imran Awan is a husband and a father, not a political pawn.”
Siddique obtained the first restraining order against Imran on Jan. 26, 2017 — a few months after the shooting and after she returned to the U.S. At that time, the Capitol Police were monitoring him for suspicious activity, eight days after he wired $300,000 to Pakistan and a week before he was banned from the House computer network.
The Capitol Police began monitoring him in October 2016, but did not arrest him until July 2017, and he has not been charged with the alleged misconduct the IG identified. He was charged with bank fraud and his next court date is July 3.
No one answered the door at the address listed as Siddique’s in the police reports. But neighbors and associates said it was well-known in their Pakistani-American circles that Imran had taken two wives under Islamic law and that both wives lived in Virginia.
Timeline:
10/16/2015 Siddique calls police to her apartment in Virginia; they observe “cut on stomach and arm”
11/16/2015 Fairfax, Virginia police report on telephone threats involving Imran and Siddique
4/2016 Inspector General investigation into Imran’s finances begins
7/18/2016 Siddique calls police to her apartment and tells them Imran “treat her bad and keep her there like a slave“
7/24/2016 Inspector General alerts Congress to cybersecurity issues related to Imran
8/2/2016 Siddique goes to Pakistan and an unknown gunman fires into Siddique’s home in Pakistan
10/2016 Capitol Police and FBI begin monitoring Imran
11/18/2016 Siddique’s landlord files a claim against Imran for ceasing to pay her rent
1/26/2017 Virginia judge grants protective order barring Imran from contact with Siddique
2/2/2017 House authorities ban Imran from the congressional network
2/10/2017 Restraining order extended
4/24/2017 Restraining order extended again and new hearing set for July 20, 2017
7/24/2017 Imran arrested at airport for bank fraud
8/22/2017 Wasserman Schultz says Imran is being “persecuted” and invokes his children
9/8/2017 Imran’s lawyer says, “The outrageous conspiracy theorists driving a false narrative through the press should be reminded that Imran Awan is a husband and a father, not a political pawn.”
9/13/2017 Imran’s other wife and fellow congressional aide, Hina Alvi, files papers in Pakistan saying Imran threatened violence and committed fraud and polygamy


Wajid Ali Syed reported from Faisalabad, Pakistan.
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Re: Seth Rich

Postby kinderdigi » Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:15 am

Stories involving/about Richard Blum are vanishing from the web.

Chinagate's smoking gun

By Charles Smith

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On Feb. 6, 1996, Bill Clinton met in the White House with the CEO of a major gun manufacturing company. The same gun maker flooded the U.S. market with over 400,000 assault rifles in 1994. Only a few months after the meeting with Clinton in 1996, the same gun dealers tried to smuggle over 2,000 machine guns to U.S. drug gangs.


No Democrat will talk about this particular gun company on the floor of Congress, nor will the Democratic National Committee answer questions in front of the press. Even the first lady, Hillary Clinton, carefully avoids any references to her involvement with the very same gun manufacturer.
The reason for the silence from the DNC is simple. Bill Clinton’s close relationship with Poly Technologies Corp., an arms company wholly owned by Chinese generals, brought great profits to the People’s Liberation Army and large contributions into Democrat coffers.
Poly Tech also exports the most popular gun in the world; it manufactures and sells the infamous AK-47. The AK-47, and its familiar banana-shaped magazine of bullets, has adorned the shoulders of terrorists who hijack planes and graced the flags of radical nations. Many an American has died from the AK-47s 7.62 x 39mm bullet.
According to documents forced from the U.S. Department of Commerce by a federal lawsuit, Poly Tech made great profits in America thanks to Bill Clinton. “Poly Tech,” states the 1997 report, “sold hundreds of millions of dollars of largely surplus arms around the world, exporting to customers in Thailand, Burma, Iran, Pakistan, and the United States…. These sales peaked in
1987, when Poly sold more than US$500 million in weapons.”

Poly Tech’s prime U.S. subsidiary, PTK International of Atlanta, Ga., was run by Chinese princeling, Baoping “Robert” Ma. Robert Ma’s family business included “importation and distribution of semi-automatic rifles for the U.S. domestic market…. Between 1987 and 1993 PTK sold more than US$200 million worth of these guns in the United States.”
According to the report, Poly Tech took advantage of Clinton’s 1994 executive order banning assault weapons, including a ban on gun imports from the Chinese army.
“Loopholes allowed importers to bend the rules,” states the report. “Specifically, Congress exempted weapons in transit post hoc. The U.S. Treasury initially estimated this exemption would cover 12,000 weapons, but importers actually brought in 440,000.”

In 1994, President Clinton and the Democrat-controlled Congress gave the PLA their greatest gun sales spree in America with a “loophole.” Poly Tech officials crammed Chinese flag carrier (COSCO) ships bound for America with every weapon they could scrape from their massive inventory, selling them at inflated prices brought by Clinton’s ban. In a single stroke of Clinton’s pen, the PLA made over $100 million in windfall profits.
On Feb. 6, 1996, Poly Tech Chairman Wang Jun met with Ron Brown, and later that night, the Chinese arms dealer attended one of the infamous White House “coffee” sessions. Wang was invited to the coffee at the White House at the behest of convicted felon Charlie Trie. In 1998, Wang refused to be interviewed by House Investigators looking into the Chinagate scandal.
Poly Tech was founded in 1985 as a subsidiary of China’s powerful central bank, CITIC (China International Trust and Investment Corporation). In 1996, the Chinese headquarters of Poly Tech was run by Wang Jun and his “princeling” friend, the powerful He Ping, son-in-law of Deng Xiaoping. Wang was not only Poly Tech CEO but also a director of CITIC. Thus, the PLA “commercial” arms outlet, Poly Tech, also provided CITIC credit to customers.
The curious mix of communism, capitalism and corruption ended in August 1996, when Poly Tech’s U.S. operations were closed by a U.S. Customs sting operation. Allegedly, Poly Tech’s man in America, Robert Ma, conspired with China North Industries (NORINCO) representative, Richard Chen, to import 2,000 fully automatic AK-47s into the United States to Customs agents posing as Miami drug smugglers.
However, according to the 100-page federal indictment from one of the key undercover agents, Chen and Ma had to call back to PLA headquarters in Beijing to obtain the 2,000 machine guns. According to the Customs agent’s deposition, Chen and Ma had difficulty in getting the “barrels” because they required “higher-level permission.”
Yet, Poly Tech Executive Director Xie Datong stated on the record that the machine gun transfer did not require permission from the Chinese general staff. Xie Datong, also a corporate officer of Poly’s American subsidiary PTK, claimed the weapons were transferred from stockpiles from the general logistics division of the PLA.
Whether Chinese generals attempted to smuggle machine guns into America may never be answered. Ma and company fled the country. Gunrunner Robert Ma and all of the Chinese executives that served Poly Tech, escaped the grasp of the inept Janet Reno and Louis Freeh. Ma was reportedly one step ahead of FBI agents who had a warrant for his arrest.
Clearly, the Chinese generals made a profit from illegal gun smuggling. President Jiang Zemin certainly has no incentive to return Robert Ma into the hands of U.S. justice, nor has Bill Clinton made any attempt to ask his “strategic” partners in Beijing.
However, the Poly Tech story goes deeper than just a few Chinese generals and a princeling or two. According to another document obtained from the Commerce Department, the 2,000 machine guns were to be transferred to the Long Beach port in California onboard the COSCO ship, the Princess Bride. However, “a leak from the State Dept alerted the company, which then canceled the delivery.”
“COSCO,” according to Defense Department intelligence officials, “operates a fleet of ELINT (electronic intelligence) trawlers for the PRC government. … When China delivers missiles or chemical agents to the Middle East, specially outfitted COSCO ships deliver them.”
The close relationship between the PRC (People’s Republic of China) and the DNC also appears in the halls of the Senate. On March 7, 1997, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told the press that she and five other lawmakers had been targeted by the Chinese government. In response, Feinstein returned $12,000 she had obtained from John Huang and other donors linked to the Lippo Group.
Sen. Feinstein is well known as an ardent fan of the reds in Beijing.
She has opposed a U.S. anti-missile defense, supported China’s MFN status, supported the COSCO purchase of Long Beach port and is a well-known opponent of linking human rights with trade. However, Feinstein’s financial ties to the communist Chinese and COSCO include her husband, Richard Blum.

Blum is reported to be heavily tied to the PRC through his Far East investment firm, Newbridge Capitol Corp. Blum’s partner at Newbridge, Peter Kwok, also served as a consultant to COSCO, and COSCO Hong Kong Holdings, a company owned by Chinese billionaire Li Ka-Shing. In 1989, Kwok helped CITIC and Li Ka-Shing raise $120 million to buy a Hughes-built communications satellite for a company also part owned by Chinese generals.
Senator Feinstein is far closer to Red China than just a few business ties to her husband would suggest. The Los Angeles Times reported in 1997 that Blum and Feinstein have visited with communist Chinese officials three times. Blum reportedly accompanied the senator at his own expense and met with President Jiang Zemin and other top communist party officials. In January 1996, Feinstein and Blum were honored as the first foreigners to stay at Mao Tse-tung’s former residence.
One Feinstein document that screams out for further investigation is a letter dated Nov. 1, 1994, from a million-dollar Democratic donor to President Clinton. Investment banker and Democratic fund-raiser, Sanford R. Robertson, wrote a “thank you” note to Clinton for a Ron Brown trade mission to China.
Robertson complimented Brown’s “diplomatic skills” in a meeting with Chinese dictator Li Peng. Robertson wrote that Secretary Brown “deftly navigated the human-rights issues by obtaining an agreement on further talks and then moved directly into the economic issues at hand: helping Chrysler, Sprint and others with their ‘joint ventures.'”
The Robertson letter closes with a smoking-gun postscript: “[Treasury
Secretary] Bob Rubin came to our home on Thursday for a Dianne Feinstein
dinner, which raised over $100,000 for her campaign. Bob, of course, turned out the financial community and Silicon Valley.”
The honorable Senator Feinstein was never asked by her colleagues on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee investigating the China connection about Robertson, her husband or the returned $12,000. There has never been any investigation of COSCO or Poly Tech. Bill Clinton has never answered detailed questions on Ron Brown, Wang Jun, Charlie Trie and John Huang.
Perhaps the real truth lies in the fact that many of the U.S. companies linked to the China-Gate scandal also gave to both political parties. Hughes and Motorola, for example, are both major RNC donors. Robertson and his company gave to Republican Sen. Alfonse D’Amato of New York and contributed $100,000 to the Republican National State Elections Committee.
Despite the propaganda, Bill Clinton clearly considers money from the Chinese Army as far more important than machine guns in the hands of criminals. Bill Clinton placed political ambition above human rights, criminal justice and U.S. national security. The unbreakable bond between the PLA gun makers and Bill Clinton was built on the strongest of political foundations, a large checkbook and no questions asked.

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Re: Seth Rich

Postby kinderdigi » Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:59 pm

As this stuff is scrubbed from the web, it's difficult to find much of their past dealings.

Feinstein's Husband Qualifies His Tie to Chinese Businessman
Marc Sandalow, Chronicle Washington Bureau Published 4:00 am PST, Thursday, March 27, 1997


1997-03-27 04:00:00 PDT Washington -- The husband of California Senator Dianne Feinstein acknowledged yesterday his relationship with a businessman remotely linked to the Chinese government shipping company that recently won approval to lease a port in Long Beach.


But Richard Blum, who has been married to Feinstein since 1980, characterized the connection as trivial and flatly denied that he sought to influence the decision to grant the company a lease.
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"To say that somehow that I had knowledge or was involved in any way with Long Beach is a stretch, to say the least," Blum said in a written statement. "In fact, I had never even heard of the (Long Beach) project until I read about it in the newspaper recently."
The China Ocean Shipping Co., known as Cosco, recently offered to pay $14.5 million in annual rent and spend $200 million to renovate a portion of the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, which was closed by the U.S. military nearly three years ago.


Feinstein maintains that she had nothing to do with the plan, which was approved Monday by the Long Beach Harbor Commission. In fact, the Defense Department and the National Security Agency are now reviewing the arrangement at the request of Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, California's other senator.
Blum's connection to Cosco, reported in yesterday's Wall Street Journal, appears tenuous.
Among Blum's financial interests is an entity called Newbridge Capital, which has raised more than $100 million to invest in China. The managing director of Newbridge Capital is Peter Kwok. Kwok also serves as a consultant to a Hong Kong subsidiary of Cosco, known as Cosco Hong Kong Holdings, Ltd, an arrangement that predated his position at Newbridge.

Blum said the Cosco subsidiary "has nothing to do" with Newbridge. Kwok advises the subsidiary on equity and bond sales, and was quoted by the Journal as saying "Dick Blum doesn't know the Cosco people at all."
The revelation does not mark the first time Blum's business dealings with China have been questioned in light of his marriage to Feinstein, who has been among the Senate's strongest advocates of open trade between the United States and China.
It was widely reported several years ago that Blum's San Francisco-based investment firm stood to benefit from the United State's decision to extend "most favored nation" trading status to China, which his wife actively supported.

The couple insist they have a "fire wall" between them on the matter of Blum's China dealings.
Yesterday, a spokeswoman for Feinstein said there is absolutely no connection between Blum's distant business connection and the senator's position on China or Cosco.
"Senator Feinstein has no knowledge of Mr. Kwok's business relations. Any relationship that Mr. Kwok has, or had, with Cosco is of no relation to her," said Feinstein press secretary Susan Kennedy. "The Senator has a system in place in her office to review any potential conflict of interest. Nothing has been brought to our attention that comes close to a conflict."
Despite the recent furor over the Long Beach lease, Cosco has long been viewed as a valuable customer at ports up and down the West Coast, including San Francisco and Oakland. However the lease was questioned after it was reported that the FBI was investigating allegations that the Chinese had tried to influence U.S. elections. Cosco has also been viewed with suspicion since one of its ships was seized in Oakland last year with 2,000 contraband assault weapons allegedly headed for Los Angeles gangs.

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Re: Seth Rich

Postby kinderdigi » Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:27 am

Russia Says Space Station Hole Was Deliberate Sabotage After Formal Investigation

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After a thorough investigation which included consultation with NASA, Russia is now pointing the finger to deliberate sabotage as causing a hole that created a dangerous oxygen leak on the International Space Station (ISS).
Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space agency Roskosmos, said on Monday that an official investigative report had confirmed their prior theory: "It concluded that a manufacturing defect had been ruled out which is important to establish the truth," he said.

Damage to the craft first uncovered in late August while it was anchored to the International Space Station (ISS) alarmed engineers and raised suspicion of foul play — a possibility at first thought remote — but an air leak was initially thought to be the result of a micrometeorite colliding with the vessel.
Concerning the drill hole, the Russian space agency chief continued, "Where it was made will be established by a second commission, which is at work now." The agency is now actively seeking the person or persons responsible for drilling the hole.
A report of the new findings in Yahoo news summarizes of prior suggestions that it was a mere accident or assembly defect:
Now it appears that isn’t the case, and that the hole was created specifically to cause problems for the crew. Who created it remains to be seen, but the Russian space agency is clearly taking this all incredibly seriously and whoever was responsible will likely face some incredibly stiff punishment.
An initial inquiry from early September, related in Russian media, had described the possibility of a "reckless assembly worker" reported to have made a manufacturing error that had possibly opened up further once in space. However, the latest formal investigation reveals the Russians believe the damage is far beyond a mere manufacturing error, and have thus dismissed the idea that it was accidental or an assembly error.
Previously a Russian space program source described to TASS news agency that “There are drilling traces not only inside the living module [of the ISS], but also on anti-meteorite plates.”
These plates have been described in media reports as "mounted outside of the station’s hermetic hull". “The one who made the hole in the hull passed straight through it and the drill head hit external non-hermetic protection,” the TASS source explained. "The top of the drill came through the pressure hull and hit the non-gas-tight outer shell."

Officials now hope that a secondary investigation will locate a suspect or suspects responsible. The investigation will continue even as Russian media in some instances has speculated on sensational claims that American astronauts secretly sabotaged the Russian vessel docked at the space station; however, such an act could have potentially caused danger to the entire ISS including the American sectors as well.
A prior statement between the Russian space chief and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine had attempted to calm widespread speculation and accusations of foul play: "The Administrator and the General Director noted speculations circulating in the media regarding the possible cause of the incident and agreed on deferring any preliminary conclusions and providing any explanations until the final investigation has been completed," the statement read.
And further, the NASA statement said of Russia-NASA cooperation: "They affirmed the necessity of further close interaction between NASA and Roscosmos technical teams in identifying and eliminating the cause of the leak, as well as continuation of normal ISS operations and NASA’s ongoing support of the Roscosmos-led Soyuz investigation."
NASA has denied the possibility that Americans could have had anything to do with it. However, this latest turn certainly adds suspense to an already very bizarre saga playing out dangerously in space.

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Re: Seth Rich

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On a Tiny Norwegian Island, America Keeps an Eye on Russia

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By ANDREW HIGGINSJUNE 13, 2017
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The Arctic island of Vardo, Norway, about 40 miles from the Kola Peninsula, a Russian territory with high-security naval bases and restricted military zones. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times
VARDO, Norway — The population of the Arctic island of Vardo has shrunk to half of what it was 20 years ago, and the fishing industry that sustained its residents for generations has mostly collapsed.
But the local power company, citing a mysterious surge in electricity demand, began work last month to increase energy supplies, laying a thick new cable in a tunnel under the icy waters that separate the island from the Norwegian mainland.
The new electricity cable, along with the recent appearance of earth-moving equipment atop a rocky plateau overlooking Russia across the sea, points to one business that is flourishing in this part of the Arctic: snooping on Russia’s expanding fleet of nuclear submarines armed with ballistic missiles in the Barents Sea.
The extra electricity is needed to power an American-funded radar system under construction on an island in sight of the Kola Peninsula, a frigid Russian territory studded with high-security naval bases and restricted military zones.
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has made strengthening his country’s military and economic role in the Arctic a priority. He has vowed to make Russia the dominant player in the high north as climate change opens up new shipping routes from Asia to Europe, new gas and oil prospects and a new arena for great power rivalry.
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The population of Vardo has shrunk to half of what it was 20 years ago. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times
The bedrock of Russia’s Arctic ambitions, said Katarzyna Zysk, an associate professor at the Norwegian Institute of Defense Studies, is the role of the region in Russia’s nuclear deterrence and naval strategies. At the center of these is the Borei submarine, a new generation of strategic weaponry that can carry at least 12 ballistic missiles, each armed with multiple nuclear warheads.
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The first of at least eight Borei class submarines that Russia plans to build, the Yuriy Dolgorukiy, is now part of Russia’s Northern Fleet. Russia operates scores of submarines, including six Delta IVs armed with multiple ballistic missiles, from a string of bases on the Kola Peninsula, which is just 40 miles across the churning sea from Vardo.
“This place is very, very important for America and for the Western world so that they can keep an eye on what the Russians are doing,” said Lasse Haughom, a former mayor of Vardo and a veteran of Norway’s military intelligence service.
“Russia wants to look into our secrets, and the United States and Norway want to look into their business,” Mr. Haughom added. “That is the way the game is played.”
The game began in Vardo in the early stages of the Cold War with the construction of a primitive early warning radar. But instead of calming with the end of the Soviet Union more than a quarter-century ago, this perilous contest has now entered a new and, for Russia, alarming stage with the start of work in Vardo on a sophisticated new radar system known as Globus 3.
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Vardo’s mayor, Robert Jensen, supports the new radar project because of the jobs it will generate. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times
The joint American-Norwegian radar project, which will cost hundreds of millions of dollars and consume substantial amounts of electricity, has infuriated Moscow, which sees it as part of a Pentagon drive to encircle and contain Mr. Putin’s resurgent Russia. The Russian ambassador in Oslo, Norway’s capital, recently warned Norway that it should “not be naïve” about Russia’s readiness to respond.
“Norway has to understand that after becoming an outpost of NATO, it will have to face head-on Russia and Russian military might,” the ambassador, Teimuraz Ramishvili, told Norway’s state broadcaster, NRK. “Therefore, there will be no peaceful Arctic anymore.”
The new radar system at Vardo will merely upgrade an earlier American-built radar system and continue its mission, Morten Haga Lunde, the chief of Norway’s military intelligence agency, said in a cryptic statement last year. That mission, he added, is to track space debris like defunct satellites and to “monitor our national area of interest in the North.”
But Russia’s generals and many Norwegians have dismissed the space-trash story. They say they believe that the new Globus 3 radar is part of the Pentagon’s efforts to develop a global missile-defense system, making it a prime target for attack in the event of a conflict.
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A woman walking her dog near the radar station above the town of Vardo. The construction of a sophisticated new American-Norwegian radar project has infuriated Moscow. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times
“Russia views Vardo as a high-value target,” said Lt. Col. Tormod Heier, faculty adviser at the Norwegian Defense University College in Oslo. “In a crisis it will be one of the first places to be blown up.”
What most alarms Russia, he added, is that a role for Vardo in missile defense would severely undermine Moscow’s last indisputable claim to great power status — its nuclear arsenal and the ability to launch a retaliatory second strike from its submarine fleet in the Arctic.
Mr. Putin has put missile defense at the top of a long list of grievances against the United States, telling reporters in St. Petersburg on June 1 that the American program “destroys the strategic balance in the world.”
Vardo’s mayor, Robert Jensen, said he saw no reason for alarm and supported the new radar project because of the jobs it would generate. “I never thought that Russia will start World War III here,” he said.
Residents, he added, are far more bothered by the closing of fish processing factories than by the arrival of yet another American radar.
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Aksel Robertsen in the now-abandoned fish processing plant where he used to work. “We want to live off fishing, not secret radars,” he said. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times
Dan Tore Jorgensen, a reporter with Vardo’s local newspaper, Osthavet, said that was true up to a point. But he said open discussion had been hindered by a “vow of silence” about what was really going on up on the plateau, which is sealed off by security fences and dotted with “keep out” signs declaring in English, Norwegian and Russian that the area is a forbidden military zone.
Though the current radar system is operated by Norwegians, he said that Vardo’s main hotel is often filled with American technicians and spies masquerading as bird watchers.
Aksel Robertsen, a 34-year-old fisherman, said Vardo badly needed jobs to keep the population of about 2,100 from further shrinking and was grateful to the military intelligence operation for providing work.
But walking through the crumbling, waterlogged ruins of the fish processing plant where he worked as a young man, Mr. Robertsen cursed the authorities for treating Vardo “like the Belgian Congo,” a dependent territory that provides labor but has no real say in, or even knowledge of, its fate. “We want to live off fishing, not secret radars,” he said.
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A rock concert in a pub in Vardo. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times
The secrecy surrounding the radar systems has spawned fears that officials are covering up health hazards and other possible dangers.
The electromagnetic pulses emitted by the current radar system interfere with television and radio reception and have been blamed by some residents for a rash of miscarriages and cancer cases in a civilian district next to the fenced-in security zone.
Mr. Haughom, 72, the former mayor and intelligence veteran, dismissed the health worries. “I worked on the site for nearly 30 years, even inside the domes when the transmitter was on and, well, I’m still alive,” he said.
May-Sissel Dorme, one of three women on a single street near the radar system who suffered miscarriages in 2000, said she was not sure whether radar radiation played a role but was certain about one thing: “If war breaks out we will be the first place the Russians bomb,” she said.
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May-Sissel Dorme, one of three women on a street near the radars to suffer miscarriages in 2000. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times
The United States insists that its plans for missile defense aim only to counter the missiles of “rogue” states like Iran and North Korea.
All the same, Russia, which is far weaker than the United States in conventional military forces, views American efforts to develop a missile shield as a direct threat to the one area in which it can still compete — nuclear deterrence.
“There is a new Cold War but it is more threatening than the old one because Russia is so much weaker, and because of that much more dangerous and unpredictable,” Colonel Heier said in an interview in Oslo. “The risk of nuclear war is much higher now than in the old Cold War when the Soviet Union had a whole range of different weapons.”
Theodore Postol, a radar expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said putting a high-powered radar like Globus 3 in Vardo “makes no sense if the main goal is tracking space junk.” He said that a far more likely role was monitoring Russian missiles.
Mr. Postol said he doubted a missile-defense system would ever really work, but added that Russia had good reason to be anxious, despite Pentagon assurances that the United States was not trying to weaken Moscow’s nuclear deterrent.
“If you have a neighbor walking up and down the fence line with a shotgun, he can tell you it’s not loaded but it raises all kinds of questions about his intentions,” Mr. Postol said. “It creates the appearance that the United States is doing everything it can to gain intelligence about new Russian missiles and figure out all the measures it can to counter them.”
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Houses in the snow near Vardo. “This place is very, very important for America and for the Western world so that they can keep an eye on what the Russians are doing,” said a former mayor of the town. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times
But Ms. Zysk of the Norwegian Institute of Defense Studies said that “compared to the scope, and pace, of the Russian military buildup in the Arctic, the strengthening of the Norwegian intelligence gathering capability is a rather modest move.”
Suspicions that the radar systems in Vardo have little to do with monitoring space junk have been heightened by a series of statements over the years by American officials that seemed to contradict the official line.
In an account posted — and then deleted — from its website, Raytheon, the manufacturer of the previous Globus 2 radar system in Vardo, said it “was originally designed to collect intelligence data against ballistic missiles.”
Bard Wormdal, a journalist with Norway’s national broadcaster who lives near Vardo, has written a book, “The Satellite War,” charting gaps in the official story. In an interview, Mr. Wormdal said he understood that “intelligence is difficult to discuss in public” but worried that the extreme secrecy and obfuscation surrounding the radar systems were creating a “separate state within the state.”
Correction: June 14, 2017
An earlier version of this article misstated how many submarines the Russian Navy has in service. It is believed to have about 65 in all, not more than 200.
Henrik Pryser-Libell contributed reporting from Oslo.
A version of this article appears in print on June 14, 2017, on Page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: On a Tiny Norwegian Island, America Keeps an Eye on Russia. Order Reprints| Today's Paper|Subscribe
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Interpol director missing, France launches an investigation
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Meng Hongwei, the director of Interpol, is reportedly missing. His wife last had contact with him before he went to China about a week ago.
Interpol, an organization that is supposed to be capable of locating anyone anywhere in the world, is missing its own director. Chinese politician Meng Hongwei, head of Interpol since 2016, fell off the radar in late September, and the French police have reportedly started looking for him.
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Meng and his family reside in Lyon, France, the seat of Interpol headquarters. His wife reported him missing after he took a trip to China on September 29, and hasn't been heard from since.
Interpol itself has been vague about the search for its director. Meng's whereabouts is "a matter for the relevant authorities in both France and China," its press office said in a statement. Meng is, apparently, not essential for Interpol's day-to-day operations, which are handled by its secretary general Jurgen Stock.
Neither Paris nor Beijing, where Meng holds the post of deputy public security minister, have made any official public statement yet.
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of the world's top international policeman provides fertile ground for speculation. A report in South China Morning Post, citing an unspecified source, claims Meng is under investigation in China, "taken away" for questioning as soon as his plane landed. There's no information on why Meng might be investigated.
The version that Meng's own government got to him for getting cozy with foreign officials was among the first to spring up online, as a "pure guess" by an editor of Foreign Policy magazine.
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Missing Interpol president deeply rooted in China’s security

FILE - In this July 4, 2017 file photo, Interpol President, Meng Hongwei, delivers his opening address at the Interpol World congress in Singapore. A French judicial official says Friday Oct.5, 2018 the president of Interpol has been reported missing after traveling to China. (Wong Maye-E, File/Associated Press)
By Associated Press
October 5 at 9:45 AM
BEIJING — The missing president of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, has deep ties to China’s sprawling domestic security sector, including a lengthy term as vice minister of public security.
Here are some facts about Meng that might have a bearing on his disappearance during a trip to China.
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WHAT’S HIS BACKGROUND?
Meng’s official biography says he was born in 1953 in the northeastern city of Harbin and graduated with a degree in law from prestigious Peking University. He appears to have moved swiftly into the central government in Beijing, acting as an assistant to the public security minister — China’s top cop — as well as head of the transportation department. By 2004, he was a vice minister of public security and that same year became head of Interpol’s China branch. He was head or deputy head of branches of the coast guard, and in 2016, he was elected Interpol’s president.
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WHAT ARE HIS DUTIES?
Meng’s position as Interpol’s president is less hands-on than the organization’s secretary general, but he works out of its headquarters in Lyon, France, and has made frequent appearances at crime prevention gatherings. According to Interpol’s website, in May he delivered a speech in Ireland in which he discussed the changing face of global crime and the need for Interpol to remain above political considerations. “First, it is obvious that globalization, virtualization and high-tech are the new features of crime. Second, crime has become a global security issue. This was not the case in the past,” Meng said. He also referred to the global governance structure as “entering a period of change,” saying that, “Under such circumstances, I hope that we will adhere to our neutral and apolitical positions on major issues.” Despite such statements, rights groups expressed concern that Meng would help further China’s agenda of attacking the government’s political foes while neutralizing criticism.

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WHY DID HE DISAPPEAR?
Meng’s various jobs put him in close contact with Chinese leaders in the security establishment, a sector long synonymous with corruption, opacity and human rights abuses. While there are no public allegations against him, Meng, a member of the ruling Communist Party, likely worked closely with former security chief and Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang, who is now serving a life sentence for corruption. Zhou was one of the highest-profile figures caught up in President Xi Jinping’s sprawling campaign against graft at all levels of government, military and state industry. Officials under suspicion often disappear into the party’s investigatory body, which can hold them for months without releasing information or providing them with legal counsel.
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WERE THERE ANY INDICATIONS SOMETHING WOULD HAPPEN?

Xi has been seeking the return of officials and businesspeople accused of fraud and corruption from abroad, sometimes with the help of Interpol in an arrangement human rights advocates say is prone to abuse. Since Meng continued to hold positions in the security establishment concurrently with his role as Interpol president, that may have placed him under additional pressure. Reports from April said Meng had been relieved of his position as a member of the party committee at the Ministry of Public Security, with no explanation given. That could have been a sign of his declining political fortunes, or simply a prelude to his impending retirement, given that, at 64, he was approaching the age when officials generally begin stepping down from their positions.
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The Democrats' IT Scandal

"Some of the I.T. administrators who've taken over the congressional offices Imran Awan did I.T. for told me the iPhones officially assigned to House staffers had Imran Awan's email address listed as the phones' Apple IDs," a current House I.T. aide told me. "The only reason I can think of for why he would do that is this would have given him the ability to see everything these staffers were doing."


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By Frank Miniter
After spending a year digging into the Democrats' covered up I.T. scandal in Congress, I happen to know there is a lot here that Americans aren't being allowed to know. If all this group of I.T. administrators from Pakistan did in Congress doesn't get out, then much of our freedom, which is wrapped up in this story, will be impacted.
The cover-up has been so effective that this isn't happening. Imran Awan, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.)'s I.T. aide, got off without jail time or restitution on only bank fraud charges. Congress got off without paying the price for possible corruption and for allowing a spy ring to run free in Congress. We can't even be sure that Congress has made the necessary reforms to stop another spy ring from infiltrating and spying on Congress and thereby using stolen data to blackmail a congressman, influence a vote, or just know where members of Congress stand on various pieces of legislation, all of which can impact us.

Emails and other data also could be used by a foreign intelligence service, such as Pakistan's ISI, to see where our representatives stand on funding being allocated to a given country or on other issues – and, according to sources, that is exactly what likely occurred in this case.
Some sources, most notably current I.T. aides who work for congressmen, have told me that security protocols have been tightened and that they don't think other I.T. aides will be able to get in the door again without first passing background checks. Nevertheless, Capitol Police won't confirm this or even answer if the laptop they'd found and held as evidence – the one Wasserman Schultz threatened the chief of Capitol Police with "consequences" over if it wasn't returned promptly – has now been given back to Wasserman Schultz.
The government has conveniently managed this cover-up to protect itself.
Just imagine what might come out if the 44 House members who'd employed Imran Awan or one of his associates had to testify in public hearings – something Republican House leadership opted not to have.
What might come out if a real investigation took place and if charges were filed for the computer equipment missing from congressional offices – some of which was found in at least one home Awan rented? What if an ethics investigation did take place to find out why Wasserman Schultz kept paying Awan even after he'd been booted off the House network for giving false data (an image of a fake server) to Capitol Police?
Might we find out if some of these members of Congress used the slush fund to pay off staffers who'd accused them of sexual harassment? Might we find even worse things?
To keep all they're hiding from coming out, the investigations done by the FBI, Capitol Police, and the House inspector general were largely smothered and then covered up with a sweetheart plea deal agreement that very provably is based on misinformation.
Anyone who reads the FBI affidavit used to indict Imran Awan can plainly see that even a prosecutor working on his first case wouldn't have had any trouble getting a conviction for the bank fraud charges. Yet the Department of Justice opted to plead the crimes down to one count of making one false statement on a home equity loan application.
The plea deal agreement even stipulated that Awan "will not be charged" for any other nonviolent crime he had already disclosed to the DoJ – just what he disclosed, the DoJ won't say.
Just like that, the DoJ tried to make this case go away.
Oddly, this plea deal agreement says "the Government has found no evidence that your client [Imran Awan] illegally removed House data from the House network or from House Members' offices, stole the House Democratic Caucus Server, stole or destroyed House information technology equipment, or improperly accessed or transferred government information, including classified or sensitive information."
There is a lot of evidence showing otherwise. Some of the missing House devices were found in a garage by a tenant of Imran's (Andre Taggart). Also, $120,000's worth of equipment had been written off from Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.)'s office. Even a House I.G. report shows that the Awans were copying and illegally accessing data from the congressmen they worked for.
When this plea deal agreement was explained in court, I sat flabbergasted.
When I asked DoJ prosecutor J.P. Cooney why the government made this odd deal when it clearly had Imran cold on the bank fraud charge, especially given that it didn't get anything in return, he just smiled and waved me away, as if it was all a big joke.
The court scene didn't just smell like a cover-up by the establishment; it reeked of corruption in Congress and the DoJ. This is clearly a political deal arranged to protect the establishment from further embarrassment and reform.
Real court scenes (when he pleaded guilty, Imran Awan waived his right to a trial by jury), possible depositions of House staffers and members of Congress, and the investigations that would take place if the DoJ did pursue additional charges would have necessarily dug into a lot of things the Washington establishment would rather not deal with publicly. It also would have forced investigators to follow the trail to Pakistan – something the U.S. intelligence community would rather avoid.
The deal also gave the many mainstream media members who had downplayed and ignored this case (a few sources told me they'd brought detailed information to the Washington Post but that the Post ignored the information) cover and a reason to thumb their noses at the few media members who'd done serious work on this case.
It is unclear how this deal was struck inside the DoJ. Cooney, who managed the plea deal hearing, had just been put on this case a few days before. The previous DoJ attorney, Michael Marando, wasn't even in the courtroom.
If President Trump really does want to drain the swamp – and he has tweeted about this case many times and even called Imran Awan the "Pakistani mystery man" – then his administration should demand an investigation by the Office of Inspector General into how this plea deal was made. The I.G. should also look into what actually happened in Congress.
After all, former CIA analysts, including Clare Lopez, who is now vice president for research and analysis at the Center for Security Policy, told me this has all the signs of a spy ring backed by Pakistan's ISI.
Awan certainly did behave as a spy.
"Some of the I.T. administrators who've taken over the congressional offices Imran Awan did I.T. for told me the iPhones officially assigned to House staffers had Imran Awan's email address listed as the phones' Apple IDs," a current House I.T. aide told me. "The only reason I can think of for why he would do that is this would have given him the ability to see everything these staffers were doing."
This isn't how House I.T. administrators – or even those who work for private companies – behave. This is how a spy behaves.
After the Awans were booted off the House computer network, an I.T. aide said, "The offices the Awans worked in were trashed. There were no records of the member's computer equipment – this is against House rules – and many of the security protocols weren't up to date. New I.T. administrators had to start from scratch."
This is only a taste of all that was allowed to happen in Congress and how it can affect, and possibly already has affected, our freedom and the democratic process.
The only way to really fix the problems that allowed this spy ring to operate in the halls of Congress is to demand a nonpartisan investigation.
Frank Miniter is the author of Spies in Congress: Inside the Democrats' cover-up cyber scandal.
After spending a year digging into the Democrats' covered up I.T. scandal in Congress, I happen to know there is a lot here that Americans aren't being allowed to know. If all this group of I.T. administrators from Pakistan did in Congress doesn't get out, then much of our freedom, which is wrapped up in this story, will be impacted.
The cover-up has been so effective that this isn't happening. Imran Awan, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.)'s I.T. aide, got off without jail time or restitution on only bank fraud charges. Congress got off without paying the price for possible corruption and for allowing a spy ring to run free in Congress. We can't even be sure that Congress has made the necessary reforms to stop another spy ring from infiltrating and spying on Congress and thereby using stolen data to blackmail a congressman, influence a vote, or just know where members of Congress stand on various pieces of legislation, all of which can impact us.
Emails and other data also could be used by a foreign intelligence service, such as Pakistan's ISI, to see where our representatives stand on funding being allocated to a given country or on other issues – and, according to sources, that is exactly what likely occurred in this case.
Some sources, most notably current I.T. aides who work for congressmen, have told me that security protocols have been tightened and that they don't think other I.T. aides will be able to get in the door again without first passing background checks. Nevertheless, Capitol Police won't confirm this or even answer if the laptop they'd found and held as evidence – the one Wasserman Schultz threatened the chief of Capitol Police with "consequences" over if it wasn't returned promptly – has now been given back to Wasserman Schultz.
The government has conveniently managed this cover-up to protect itself.

Just imagine what might come out if the 44 House members who'd employed Imran Awan or one of his associates had to testify in public hearings – something Republican House leadership opted not to have.
What might come out if a real investigation took place and if charges were filed for the computer equipment missing from congressional offices – some of which was found in at least one home Awan rented? What if an ethics investigation did take place to find out why Wasserman Schultz kept paying Awan even after he'd been booted off the House network for giving false data (an image of a fake server) to Capitol Police?
Might we find out if some of these members of Congress used the slush fund to pay off staffers who'd accused them of sexual harassment? Might we find even worse things?
To keep all they're hiding from coming out, the investigations done by the FBI, Capitol Police, and the House inspector general were largely smothered and then covered up with a sweetheart plea deal agreement that very provably is based on misinformation.
Anyone who reads the FBI affidavit used to indict Imran Awan can plainly see that even a prosecutor working on his first case wouldn't have had any trouble getting a conviction for the bank fraud charges. Yet the Department of Justice opted to plead the crimes down to one count of making one false statement on a home equity loan application.
The plea deal agreement even stipulated that Awan "will not be charged" for any other nonviolent crime he had already disclosed to the DoJ – just what he disclosed, the DoJ won't say.
Just like that, the DoJ tried to make this case go away.
Oddly, this plea deal agreement says "the Government has found no evidence that your client [Imran Awan] illegally removed House data from the House network or from House Members' offices, stole the House Democratic Caucus Server, stole or destroyed House information technology equipment, or improperly accessed or transferred government information, including classified or sensitive information."
There is a lot of evidence showing otherwise. Some of the missing House devices were found in a garage by a tenant of Imran's (Andre Taggart). Also, $120,000's worth of equipment had been written off from Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.)'s office. Even a House I.G. report shows that the Awans were copying and illegally accessing data from the congressmen they worked for.
When this plea deal agreement was explained in court, I sat flabbergasted.
When I asked DoJ prosecutor J.P. Cooney why the government made this odd deal when it clearly had Imran cold on the bank fraud charge, especially given that it didn't get anything in return, he just smiled and waved me away, as if it was all a big joke.
The court scene didn't just smell like a cover-up by the establishment; it reeked of corruption in Congress and the DoJ. This is clearly a political deal arranged to protect the establishment from further embarrassment and reform.
Real court scenes (when he pleaded guilty, Imran Awan waived his right to a trial by jury), possible depositions of House staffers and members of Congress, and the investigations that would take place if the DoJ did pursue additional charges would have necessarily dug into a lot of things the Washington establishment would rather not deal with publicly. It also would have forced investigators to follow the trail to Pakistan – something the U.S. intelligence community would rather avoid.
The deal also gave the many mainstream media members who had downplayed and ignored this case (a few sources told me they'd brought detailed information to the Washington Post but that the Post ignored the information) cover and a reason to thumb their noses at the few media members who'd done serious work on this case.
It is unclear how this deal was struck inside the DoJ. Cooney, who managed the plea deal hearing, had just been put on this case a few days before. The previous DoJ attorney, Michael Marando, wasn't even in the courtroom.
If President Trump really does want to drain the swamp – and he has tweeted about this case many times and even called Imran Awan the "Pakistani mystery man" – then his administration should demand an investigation by the Office of Inspector General into how this plea deal was made. The I.G. should also look into what actually happened in Congress.
After all, former CIA analysts, including Clare Lopez, who is now vice president for research and analysis at the Center for Security Policy, told me this has all the signs of a spy ring backed by Pakistan's ISI.
Awan certainly did behave as a spy.
"Some of the I.T. administrators who've taken over the congressional offices Imran Awan did I.T. for told me the iPhones officially assigned to House staffers had Imran Awan's email address listed as the phones' Apple IDs," a current House I.T. aide told me. "The only reason I can think of for why he would do that is this would have given him the ability to see everything these staffers were doing."
This isn't how House I.T. administrators – or even those who work for private companies – behave. This is how a spy behaves.
After the Awans were booted off the House computer network, an I.T. aide said, "The offices the Awans worked in were trashed. There were no records of the member's computer equipment – this is against House rules – and many of the security protocols weren't up to date. New I.T. administrators had to start from scratch."
This is only a taste of all that was allowed to happen in Congress and how it can affect, and possibly already has affected, our freedom and the democratic process.
The only way to really fix the problems that allowed this spy ring to operate in the halls of Congress is to demand a nonpartisan investigation.
Frank Miniter is the author of Spies in Congress: Inside the Democrats' cover-up cyber scandal.
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X-37B Military Space Plane Wings Past 400 Days on Latest Mystery Mission

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Artist's illustration of the U.S. Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane carrying out its mysterious duties in Earth orbit.
Credit: Boeing
The latest mystery mission of the U.S. Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane has now passed the 400-day mark .
This mission — known as Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-5) — was rocketed into Earth orbit on Sept. 7, 2017, atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The uncrewed space plane is carrying out secretive duties during the X-37B program's fifth flight. [The X-37B Space Plane: 6 Surprising Facts]
Flight duration
Each X-37B/OTV mission has set a new flight-duration record for the program:
OTV-1 began April 22, 2010, and concluded on Dec. 3, 2010, after 224 days in orbit.
OTV-2 began March 5, 2011, and concluded on June 16, 2012, after 468 days on orbit.
OTV-3 chalked up nearly 675 days in orbit before finally coming down on Oct. 17, 2014.
OTV-4 conducted on-orbit experiments for 718 days during its mission, extending the total number of days spent in space for the OTV program at that point to 2,085 days.
What's up?
Most X-37B payloads and activities are classified. The only OTV-5 payload revealed to date by Air Force officials is the Advanced Structurally Embedded Thermal Spreader, or ASETS-II.
Developed by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), this cargo is testing experimental electronics and oscillating heat pipes for long-duration stints in the space environment. According to AFRL, the three primary science objectives are to measure the initial on-orbit thermal performance, to gauge long-duration thermal performance and to assess any lifetime degradation.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the U.S. Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane on Sept. 7, 2017.
Credit: SpaceX
Landing site
When the space plane will land is unknown. The last X-37B mission, OTV-4, touched down at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 7, 2017 — a first for the program. All prior missions had ended with a tarmac touchdown at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The next X-37B mission,B OTV-6, may lift off in 2019 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V (501) rocket. Launch would be from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex-41.
Reusable vehicles
The Air Force's X-37B "fleet" consists of two known reusable vehicles, both of which were built by Boeing at several locations in Southern California, including Huntington Beach, Seal Beach and El Segundo.
The program transitioned to the U.S. Air Force in 2004 after earlier funded research efforts by Boeing, NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Looking like a miniature version of NASA's now-retired space shuttle orbiter, the military space plane is 29 feet (8.8 meters) long and 9.6 feet (2.9 m) tall, with a wingspan of nearly 15 feet (4.6 m). The X-37B space plane has a payload bay measuring 7 feet by 4 feet (2.1 by 1.2 m), which can be outfitted with a robotic arm. The X-37B has a launch weight of 11,000 lbs. (4,990 kilograms) and is powered on orbit by gallium-arsenide solar cells with lithium-ion batteries.
On-orbit duties
The missions of the X-37B space planes are carried out under the auspices of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, and mission control for OTV flights is handled by the 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado. This squadron oversees operations of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle.
This Schriever Air Force Base unit is billed as the Air Force Space Command's premier organization for space-based demonstrations, pathfinders and experiment testing. It gathers information on objects high above Earth and carries out other intelligence-gathering duties.
And that may be a signal as to what the robotic craft is doing — both looking down at Earth and upward.

Repeating ground tracks
Ted Molczan, a Toronto-based satellite analyst, told Inside Outer Space that OTV-5's orbit at the start of August was about 197 miles (317 kilometers) high, inclined 54.5 degrees to the equator. Its ground track repeated nearly every five days, after 78 revolutions.
"Maneuvers on August 18 and 21 raised its orbit by 45 miles (74 kilometers) which caused its ground track to exactly repeat every three days, after 46 revolutions. It was still in that orbit when last observed, on September 8, by Alberto Rango, from Rome, Italy," Molczan said.
"Repeating ground tracks are very common," he added, "especially for spacecraft that observe the Earth. I do not know why OTV has repeating ground tracks."
Leonard David is author of "Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet," published by National Geographic. The book is a companion to the National Geographic Channel series "Mars." A longtime writer for Space.com, David has been reporting on the space industry for more than five decades. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook or Google+. This version of the story published on Space.com.

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