A new report has revealed that the personal email account of a top U.S. State Department whistleblower has been hacked and four years worth of incriminating emails alleging wrongdoing under Hillary Clinton’s years as secretary were deleted.
“The computer attack targeted the Gmail account of Diplomatic Security Service criminal investigator Richard Higbie, his lawyer, Cary Schulman,” told the New York Post.
According to the Post:
“They took all of his e-mails and then they deleted them all,” said Schulman. He said that he could not prove who was responsible for the hack job, but said the attack was “sophisticated” and called the targeting of Higbie “alarming.”
“Obviously, somebody is not happy with something he’s doing and wanted to get that information and also cause him an inability in the future to have ready access to that,” Schulman said.
The e-mails included evidence about misconduct by top officials at the department, communications with other potential whistleblowers there, and correspondence with members of Congress who are investigating the allegations, Schulman said.
They also include correspondence between Higbie and Schulman about legal strategy, the lawyer said.
Schulman, whose Dallas law firm was the target of a suspicious robbery last July, represents Higbie and fellow whistleblower Aurelia Fedenisn, the former Office of the Inspector General investigator with the State Department who discovered inappropriate, even criminal wrongdoing by employees and alleged that senior State Dept. officials instructed agents to back off or drop cases that could be potentially damaging or embarrassing to the department.
The Inspector General’s memo, obtained by CBS News in June, cited eight examples of wrongdoing:
Among them: allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut “engaged in sexual assaults” on foreign nationals hired as embassy guards and the charge and that members of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail “engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries” — a problem the report says was “endemic.”
The memo also reveals details about an “underground drug ring” was operating near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and supplied State Department security contractors with drugs.
In one specific and striking cover-up, State Department agents told the Inspector General they were told to stop investigating the case of a U.S. Ambassador who held a sensitive diplomatic post and was suspected of patronizing prostitutes in a public park.
According to the Post, Higbie has “asked the FBI in Dallas” to investigate the hacking and a “petty thief” was ultimately arrested in the burglary of the law firm.
But Schulman isn’t buying it. “We feel like we’re in a movie. It’s nuts. It makes us wonder . . . . maybe we’ve got something we don’t even realize or maybe they’re worried about something,” he told the Post.