The story isn’t taking top billing on the mainstream news networks. Rather, the breaking news that an information technology officer accused of bank fraud, and employed by former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, tried to flee the country on Monday was buried, if it was even reported, at all.
It turns out that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s (D-Fla.) office has kept the aide employed despite his being under investigation since last winter. However, the Muslim hacker was finally fired after he was arrested while he tried to flee.
The story of how three Muslim brothers hacked congressional intelligence data actually broke in February and was also ignored by mainstream news outlets at the time.
Now, one of those brothers, Imran Awan, stands accused of “serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network.” He and his family members, which included his brothers’ wives, provided technical assistance to other Democratic members of Congress, and, since 2009, the family members were reportedly paid approximately $4 million for their efforts.
Awan moved out of the rented Virginia house that the family had been living in when he found out he was under investigation last February. He then sub-leased the home to a Marine Corps veteran and his wife, a naval officer, who discovered smashed-up government-owned hard drives that the family tried to destroy. Awan attempted to get into the house to retrieve the damning evidence, but the new residents wouldn’t let Awan enter the home and the hard drives were given to the FBI.
Awan was arrested trying to leave the country at Dulles airport this week. It was discovered that he had also wired more than $280,000 to Pakistan after the FBI recovered the decimated hard drives from his former home.
Media coverage has been notoriously silent on the matter, according to a report in Town Hall that was retweeted by President Trump.
ABC, NBC, And CBS Pretty Much Bury IT Scandal Engulfing Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Office https://t.co/PjbZ2TGIKb
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) July 27, 2017
“Politico has reported something on it, but the big three—ABC, NBC, and CBS—have not broadcasted this story to the millions of viewers that tune into these respective networks. NBC and ABC have been silent in their broadcasts, bit CBS did devote 37 seconds to it (via Newsbusters),” according to the report.
Wasserman Schultz fired Awan on Tuesday after his wife had already fled to Pakistan with their children and $12,000 in cash. Awan was detained when he attempted to depart separately from his family.
“Awan and his relatives had full access to the emails of the Democratic members they worked for, and Wasserman Schultz’s password to her iPad she used while she was head of the DNC,” according to the report, which acknowledged that MSNBC and CNN have buried the story.
“In fact, Schultz has hardly been mentioned on either network since March 1, except in the context of a possible email she had sent in which Loretta Lynch had assured a Hillary Clinton staffer that the email investigation would not go ‘too far.'”
Fox News and Fox Business channels have reported on the investigation into Awan’s arrest, and, of course, DML Daily has been on top of the story since last February.
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