4:53 PM 5/31/2018 – Francisco Caparros Case, Resolved (part 1): Former intelligence specialist Francisco Reyes Caparrós won the lawsuit against the local federal prosecutor’s office this afternoon for labor harassment and acts of reprisal.

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Plaintiff wins case against federal prosecutor for labor harassment

It could be compensated for $ 300,000

Thursday, May 31, 2018 – 4:20 PM

Updated on: Thursday, May 31, 2018 – 4:38 PM

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Former intelligence specialist Francisco Reyes Caparrós won the lawsuit against the local federal prosecutor’s office this afternoon for labor harassment and acts of reprisal.

In just one and a half hours of deliberation, the jury of eight men and eight women unanimously determined that the top leadership of the federal prosecutor’s office – led by the chief prosecutor Rosa Emilia Rodríguez – subjected Reyes Caparrós to a pattern of reprisals and a hostile work environment, and that, for the emotional damages caused to him, the plaintiff must be compensated with a sum of $ 300,000.

Reyes Caparrós worked for the Federal Prosecutor’s Office from May 2009 to February 2015. According to his lawsuit, his work life changed when, in February 2012, he was questioned by his supervisors after requesting a bulletproof vest for the now ex-federal prosecutor Idalia Mestey, who , at that time, he had filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC, in English).

By then, Mestey was in charge of a criminal case, whose main witness – a police officer – and the sister of the state prosecutor who was working on the case simultaneously, had been murdered. Fearing for his life, after an incident in which he had heard shots or “firecrackers” explode near him, Mestey requested protection.Reyes Caparrós, who was in charge of the security of the personnel and the structure of the Office, proceeded to request a bulletproof vest.

The jury decided that the perception of the high office of the federal prosecutor was that Reyes Caparrós was seconding the complaint before the EEOC of Mestey, and that the two complaints that the plaintiff himself submitted in 2013 and 2014 before the EEOC, fell within of the category of “protected activity” by the Law on Equal Employment Opportunities.

Then, they determined that each one of the problematized facts in the trial – disciplinary measures, transfers of offices, jokes in front of the employees, increase in the supervision, reallocation of tasks and until a federal investigation of course Russian espionage-, constituted acts of retaliation .

In its final argument, the defense of Reyes Caparrós insisted that each act in dispute paid the hostile work environment and the pattern of reprisals that, eventually, did not leave the plaintiff any alternative to resigning his position.

“If they see the chronology of events, they will realize that the sanctions were successive, systematic and growing in intensity … Francisco was systematically isolated … There was no alternative but to resign, or stay in the office and get sick and go crazy “, Pronounced the lawyer Bamily Lopez, lawyer of Reyes Caparrós, in his final argument before the jury.

For the defense of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, who appears in court is a former employee who showed bad judgment, did not take responsibility for their actions and incriminated other co-workers.

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El exespecialista de inteligencia Francisco Reyes Caparrós ganó esta tarde la demanda contra la Fiscalía federal local por hostigamiento laboral y actos de represalia.

En solo una hora y media de deliberación, el jurado compuesto por ocho hombres y ocho mujeres determinó unánimemente que la alta jefatura de la Fiscalía federal -liderada por la jefa de fiscales Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-, sometió a Reyes Caparrós a un patrón de represalias y un ambiente laboral hostil, y que, por los daños emocionales que le causaron, el demandante debe ser compensado con una suma de $300,000.

Reyes Caparrós trabajó para la Fiscalía Federal desde mayo de 2009 hasta febrero del 2015. Según su demanda, su vida laboral cambió cuando, en febrero de 2012, fue cuestionado por sus supervisores tras solicitar un chaleco antibalas para la ahora exfiscal federal Idalia Mestey, quien, para ese entonces, había sometido una querella ante la Comisión de Igualdad de Oportunidades en el Empleo (EEOC, en inglés).

Para ese entonces, Mestey estaba a cargo de un caso criminal, cuyo testigo principal -un agente de la policía- y la hermana de la fiscal estatal que estaba trabajando con el caso simultáneamente, habían sido asesinados. Temiendo por su vida, tras un incidente en que había escuchado disparos o “firecrackers” explotar cerca suyo, Mestey solicitó protección. Reyes Caparrós, quien estaba a cargo de la seguridad del personal y la estructura de la Oficina, procedió a pedir un chaleco antibalas.

El jurado decidió que la percepción de la alta jefatura de la Fiscalía federal fue que Reyes Caparrós estaba secundando la querella ante la EEOC de Mestey, y que las dos querellas que el propio demandante sometió en el 2013 y el 2014 ante la EEOC, cayeron dentro de la categoría de “actividad protegida” por la Ley de Igualdad de Oportunidades en el Empleo.

Entonces, determinaron que cada uno de los hechos problematizados en el juicio – medidas disciplinarias, traslados de oficinas, bromas frente a los empleados, aumento en la supervisión, reasignación de tareas y hasta una investigación federal por supuesto espionaje ruso-, constituyeron actos de represalia.

En su argumento final, la defensa de Reyes Caparrós insistió en que cada acto en controversia abonó al ambiente laboral hostil y al patrón de represalias que, eventualmente, no dejaron otra alternativa al demandante que renunciar a su puesto.

“Si ven la cronología de hechos, se van a dar cuenta que las sanciones fueron sucesivas, sistemáticas y creciendo en intensidad… Francisco fue aislado sistemáticamente… No había otra alternativa que renunciar, o se quedaba en la oficina y se enfermaba y se volvía loco”, pronunció la licenciada Bamily López, abogada de Reyes Caparrós, en su argumento final frente al jurado.

Para la defensa de la Fiscalía federal, quien se presenta en corte es un exempleado que mostró mal juicio, no tomó responsabilidad por sus acciones e incriminó a otros compañeros de trabajo.

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Mañana los abogados presentarían los argumentos finales y el jurado se iría a deliberar.

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Hello, Banana Republic! – 6:17 AM 5/31/2018 – My Comments on Francisco Reyes Caparrós Case Continued: Judge the case on its merits, not on the technicality. | Who was not interested in Mestey’s getting the bulletproof vest, and why? This is a very interesting question with many far-reaching extensions.

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  • M.N.: Do not blame it on Washington! (This is their usual game.)

“In the morning, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Puerto Rico, Carlos Cases, declared to Weida’s questions that the investigation against Reyes Caparrós was initiated on instructions from the agency’s headquarters in Washington.

However, during the cross-examination of López, he acknowledged that the determination to carry out the investigation was made jointly with the investigating agent, Joe Rodríguez and his supervisor, Doris Beatón and the Washington headquarters.” 

“Lopez showed in the room the report on the closure of the investigation against Reyes Caparrós, which concluded “without identifying any criminal violation.”

The document reflects that the FBI requested four times the extension of the investigation.

He admitted that he did not verify the justification of the extensions of the investigation. “That’s not part of my job,” answered Cases.”

  • What are the parts of your job, Mr. Cases? 

To ruin the innocent person’s life and reputation? 

To conduct the sensitive and complex intelligence-counterintelligence investigations according to the proverbial “bull in a china shop” strategy? 

To advance your own personal career and to climb the ladder, first of all, and above all? 

To conduct the illegal COINTELPRO operations at your whim, against your political opponents, or simply against anyone you do not like, or simply because you think it will be good for your personal career? 

Did you personally benefit from your official government position in any way, shape or form? 

Tell us about it. Por Favor. 

Or maybe these questions should be reserved as the part of a different trial, the next one. 

Investigate Carlos Cases of the FBI for three years and with four extensions, or longer, just like he investigated Mr. Reyes. At minimum. 

I think that the money for his investigation will be much better spent and might yield much more interesting results. 

“Don’t follow leaders and check your parking meters” – GS 

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“The plaintiff alleges that the reprisals against him began after he provided a bulletproof vest to the ex-cons, Idalia Mestey, who alleged that he feared for his life in relation to a case of violations of the Weapons Law. Mestey had lodged a complaint with the Federal Prosecutor before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC, for its acronym in English).

It alleges that the FBI was instigated by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office to carry out the investigation against him. The plaintiff requests to be reinstated in his position as intelligence analyst and compensation of $ 390 thousand.”

  • M.N.: Who was not interested in Mestey’s getting the bulletproof vest, and why? This is a very interesting question with many far-reaching extensions. 

Hello, Banana Republic! 

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  • M.N.: Judge the case on its merits, not on the technicality: 

“Weida argued that the alleged acts of retaliation against the plaintiff did not happen consecutively, but that they passed months or even a year between them. He affirmed that there is jurisprudence that maintains that acts that occurred more than nine months apart do not constitute reprisals.

Weid explained that the action of the FBI should not be considered by the jury as acts of reprisal.”

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  • M.N..: Do not make me laugh: “Rosa Emilia Rodriguez as the Defender of The Island of Puerto Rico from the Russian Espionage”… 

The only thing she does is faithfully performing the duties of the FBI’s rubber stamp of approval. She has neither the personality, nor the capabilities, nor the desire (etc., etc.) to be the independent force to defend the Law in Puerto Rico. It is a shame! 

My humble opinion, again: Rosa Emilia Rodriguez, out! Carlos Cases, out! 

As simple as this, if you want the social and political health to return to Puerto Rico. 

And again: 

  • The abuses of Law, related to the COINTELPRO operations on the Island, most of them very likely illegal, have to be investigated very thoroughly, and those who violated the Law, including both of them, have to be punished. 

“In short, the Federal Court must “separate the straw from the grain”. The administrative measures taken by federal prosecutor Rosa Emilia Rodriguez, are precautionary against possible Russian espionage or “retaliation” for a case rejected by the EEOC?”

  • M.N.: The chaff and the wheat have to be separated, indeed. But it seems to me, it is not the job, mission or the duties of the Federal Court to try to determine if Rodriguez’ actions were or were not the reasonable “precautions against espionage”. The Courts are not the specialists in Counterintelligence, and they can only obtain the expert opinions of the specialists, which will always be to a significant degree subjective. Besides that, the Counterintelligence matters are not something that is or should be dealt with by courts. This is a sign of inadequacy and failure in and by themselves. And formally, this is not what the case is about. It is about the labor dispute on a surface, but it radiates all sorts of questions and issues beyond its immediate subject. 

Are the “administrative measures taken by federal prosecutor Rosa Emilia Rodriguez, …precautionary against possible Russian espionage”? 

  • M.N.: Interesting fact: 

“However, the former intelligence specialist at the Federal Prosecutor’s Office clarified that the multiple hours he spent investigating money laundering and drug trafficking cases were classified as terrorism because

most of the drug imported into Puerto Rico comes from of Colombia, specifically of the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC), designated by the US government as a terrorist group.”

Puerto Rico drugs are from FARC – GS

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Los últimos testigos en el caso que lleva el exespecialista de inteligencia Francisco J. Reyes Caparrós contra la oficina local de la fiscalía federal por un alegado patrón de hostigamiento laboral terminaron de ofrecer su testimonio esta mañana y se espera que durante la tarde se complete unos asuntos entre las partes y luego el juez Joseph Laplante de las instrucciones al jurado.

Mañana temprano los abogados presentarían los argumentos finales y el jurado se iría a deliberar para emitir su veredicto.

Hoy testificaron el exjefe del FBI en Puerto Rico, Carlos Cases, y el agente del FBI Joe Rodríguez, quien condujo la investigación contra Reyes Caparrós luego que se conociera que quería viajar a Rusia como parte de un intercambio. Detrás de la organización del viaje, sin embargo, había una persona que el FBI identifica con espía ruso, algo que Reyes Caparrós desconocía.

Ambos testificaron mayormente en torno a las restricciones impuestas a Reyes Caparrós como consecuencia de la investigación del FBI. Esas restricciones de acceso a espacios físicos y a información llevaron a la fiscalía a darle a Reyes Caparrós otras asignaciones y hasta enviarlo a trabajar en otro edificio, hasta que el demandante eventualmente renunció en febrero 2014. La fiscalía federal ha argumentado que las acciones que tomó en contra de Reyes Caparrós fueron siguiendo instrucciones del FBI.

En algunos puntos, las declaraciones de Rodríguez y Cases fueron contradictorias.

El abogado de la fiscalía federal, Jasón Weida preguntó tanto a Rodríguez como a Cases si había habido alguna solicitud o presión de parte de la fiscalía federal para imponer las restricciones a Reyes Caparrós. Ambos negaron que hubiese habido presión alguna de la fiscalía, y aseguraron que el pedido de investigar vino directamente desde la sede del FBI en Washington.

La abogada del demandante Bamily López cuestionó a Rodríguez por qué había ido a la fiscalía federal a informar de una investigación contra Reyes Caparrós el día 2 de octubre de 2013, cuando el documento en que se da por concluida la investigación dice que la misma había comenzado oficialmente el 3 de octubre de 2013. Rodríguez respondió que la diferencia se debía que el papeleo para la investigación específica sobre Reyes Caparrós se completó el día 3 porque inicialmente se trataba de una investigación más amplia que abarcaba a un grupo de personas.

A preguntas de la abogada López, Cases explicó que la determinación de imponer restricciones a Reyes Caparrós fue un procedimiento estándar mientras se llevaba a cabo la investigación. Sin embargo, Cases admitió que no tomó decisiones en torno a la investigación, tampoco le dio un seguimiento a la misma a pesar de que fue extendida en cuatro ocasiones.

“Cuando se pidieron las extensiones, usted verificó antes de otorgarlas”, preguntó López.

“Yo no me ocupo de eso. Sería el agente a cargo. A mí me reportaban sobre el caso de vez en cuando”, admitió Cases, quien actualmente trabaja como enlace del FBI en México.

La investigación del FBI contra Reyes Caparrós acabó oficialmente en diciembre de 2015, con la determinación de que él no cometió acción criminal alguna ni puso en riesgo la seguridad nacional.

Más temprano en la mañana se sentó a declarar la exfiscal Vanessa Bonano, para testificar sobre la labor de Reyes Caparrós en la recopilación de datos para la iniciativa de armas. A Reyes se le asignó ese trabajo luego de que le restringieran sus accesos a información a raíz de una investigación del FBI en su contra por el asunto del viaje a Rusia.

Reyes Caparrós ha insistido en que no pudo hacer el trabajo como se le pedía porque las estadísticas no estaban correctas, había duplicidad de números en varias bases de datos, y además no recibía toda la información necesaria de parte de los fiscales sobre los casos que estaban llevando.

Bonano admitió no haber dado alguna información de detalles específicos de casos, pero señaló que Reyes Caparros pudo haber conseguido esa información a través de alguna de las bases de datos o que pudo haberla solicitado y ella se la hubiese suministrado.

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By Osman Pérez Méndez / osman.perez@gfrmedia.com05/30/2018 | 02: 53 pm
The FBI investigation against Reyes Caparrós officially ended in December 2015, with the determination that he did not commit any criminal action or put national security at risk. ( gerald.lopez@gfrmedia.com ) 

Tomorrow the lawyers would present the final arguments and the jury would go to deliberate.

The last witnesses in the case brought by former intelligence specialist Francisco J. Reyes Caparrós against the local office of the federal prosecutor’s office for an alleged pattern of harassment in the workplace ended their testimony this morning and it is expected that during the afternoon some matters will be completed between the parties and then Judge Joseph Laplante of the instructions to the jury.

Early morning the lawyers would present the final arguments and the jury would go to deliberate to issue its verdict.

Today the former head of the FBI in Puerto Rico, Carlos Cases, and the FBI agent Joe Rodriguez, who conducted the investigation against Reyes Caparrós after it was known that he wanted to travel to Russia as part of an exchange, testified. Behind the organization of the trip, however, there was a person the FBI identifies with a Russian spy, something that Reyes Caparrós did not know.

Both testified mostly around the restrictions imposed on Reyes Caparrós as a result of the FBI investigation. Those restrictions of access to physical spaces and information led the prosecutor to give Reyes Caparrós other assignments and even send him to work in another building, until the plaintiff eventually resigned in February 2014. The federal prosecutor has argued that the actions he took in against Reyes Caparrós they were following instructions from the FBI.

In some points, the statements of Rodriguez and Cases were contradictory.

The attorney for the federal prosecutor’s office, Jason Weida, asked both Rodríguez and Cases if there had been any request or pressure on the part of the federal prosecutor’s office to impose the restrictions on Reyes Caparrós. Both denied that there had been any pressure from the prosecution, and claimed that the request to investigate came directly from the headquarters of the FBI in Washington.

The attorney for plaintiff Bamily López questioned Rodríguez why he had gone to the federal prosecutor’s office to report an investigation against Reyes Caparrós on October 2, 2013, when the document terminating the investigation said that it had begun officially on October 3, 2013. Rodriguez replied that the difference was that the paperwork for the specific investigation on Reyes Caparrós was completed on day 3 because initially it was a broader investigation that involved a group of people.

When asked by lawyer Lopez, Cases explained that the determination to impose restrictions on Reyes Caparrós was a standard procedure while the investigation was being carried out. However, Cases admitted that he did not make decisions regarding the investigation, nor did he follow up on it even though it was extended four times.

“When the extensions were requested, you verified before granting them,” López asked.

“I do not take care of that. It would be the agent in charge. They reported me about the case from time to time, “admitted Cases, who currently works as an FBI liaison in Mexico.

The FBI investigation against Reyes Caparrós officially ended in December 2015, with the determination that he did not commit any criminal action or put national security at risk.

Earlier in the morning, ex-prosecutor Vanessa Bonano sat down to testify about the work of Reyes Caparrós in the collection of data for the weapons initiative. Reyes was assigned that job after his access to information was restricted due to an FBI investigation against him about the trip to Russia.

Reyes Caparrós has insisted that he could not do the job as requested because the statistics were not correct, there was duplication of numbers in several databases, and he also did not receive all the necessary information from the prosecutors about the cases that were wearing.

Bonano admitted not having given any information of specific details of cases, but noted that Reyes Caparros could have obtained that information through any of the databases or that he could have requested it and she would have provided it.

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The US Department of Justice requested this afternoon from federal judge Joseph Laplante, the dismissal of the lawsuit for alleged labor harassment and retaliation, filed by the former intelligence specialist of the federal prosecutor, Francisco Reyes Caparros, against the federal prosecutor’s office.

The request of Justice Department attorney Jason Weida arose after Reyes Caparrós’ attorney, Bamily Lopez, concluded the presentation of his witnesses.

Judge Laplante reserved the ruling. I have indicated that he was going to analyze the request of the defendants’ lawyer.

Reyes Caparrós alleges that the acts of reprisal and harassment against him began after February 2012, after he managed a bullet-proof vest for ex-prosecutor Ileana Mestey. The former staff member informed the plaintiff that he had feared for his safety because he was working on a weapons case and that state officials who had worked there had been retaliated by one of the defendants.

Reyes Caparrós alleges that his supervisors, Rosa Emilia Rodriguez, Maria Dominguez, Jose Capó and Jacqueline Novas, undertook against him for having helped Mestey, who had filed a complaint against the federal prosecution before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC, for its acronym in English).

The plaintiff alleges that the federal prosecutor’s office was the one that instigated the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to carry out the investigation of a trip that Reyes Caparrós was preparing to make to Russia, paid for by the Russian Cultural Center in the United States. According to the FBI, that organization was led by the Russian spy Yury Zaytsev. This investigation ended on December 22, 2015. It turned out to be negative.

Likewise, the plaintiff maintains that the federal prosecutor used the FBI investigation as an excuse not to reinstate him in his post.

Reyes Caparrós requests an indemnity of $ 390 thousand and that he be reinstated in his post.

Weida argued that the alleged acts of retaliation against the plaintiff did not happen consecutively, but that they passed months or even a year between them. He affirmed that there is jurisprudence that maintains that acts that occurred more than nine months apart do not constitute reprisals.

Weid explained that the action of the FBI should not be considered by the jury as acts of reprisal.

On the other hand, Reyes Caparrós was cross-examined in the morning by Weida.

He acknowledged being confronted with an email in which he told his supervisor, Lisa Western, that Russia was a high threat country.

At Weid’s insistence, the plaintiff claimed that it did not cross his mind that based on his position, the Russian government asked him for compromising information.

Afirmó que la invitación al foro en Rusia le fue extendida por un amigo de la infancia, Kaleb Rodríguez Colón, quien en ese momento trabajaba en La Fortaleza.

“No me pasó por la mente algo malo. Yo entrenaba a jueces y fiscales colombianos y eso no me hace un narcotraficante…había un proceso (para el viaje) y yo lo seguí”, acotó Reyes Caparrós.

Weid lo confrontó con un correo electrónico de Rodríguez Colón en el que le notifica al demandante que el viaje iba a ser reembolsado por la organización auspiciadora, el Centro Cultural de Rusia en Estados Unidos.

El demandante señaló que nunca recibió autorización de Western para realizar el viaje y que tampoco le dio seguimiento al asunto.

Weida mostró al jurado copia de varios correos electrónicos enviados por fiscales de la Iniciativa de Armas de Fuego en los que le informaron que le habían provisto información requerida por el demandante para actualizar las estadísticas sobre el referido proyecto.

Los fiscales Jacqueline Novas y José Capó declararon hace unas semanas que la labor de Reyes Caparrós en llevar las estadísticas de la referida iniciativa fue deficiente.

El demandante testificó hoy que los fiscales no le enviaban la información completa de sus casos. Asimismo, dijo que las estadísticas que mantenía el gobierno estaban duplicadas.

Weid le preguntó si conocía de otros sistemas disponibles en donde podía adquirir la data que necesitaba. Entre estos: Cats, Lions y Alcatraz. Reyes Caparrós le respondió que solo conocía Lion y PACER.

Por otra parte, Weid mostró en sala copia de las hojas y asuntos trabajados por el demandante. En la misma se reflejó que Reyes Caparrós trabajó durante varios días en casos de terrorismo. El abogado le recordó que la pasada semana declaró que no trabajaba casos de terrorismo porque en Puerto Rico no los había.

El demandante explicó que había llegado a un acuerdo con su supervisora para que donde figuraran las horas relacionadas a casos de terrorismo eran sobre casos de narcotráfico y lavado de dinero. Detalló que estos casos de narcotráfico y lavado de dinero estaban relacionados con Las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia Ejército del Pueblo (FARC), organización que describió como terrorista.

Meanwhile, Weid presented a sheet of assistance from the plaintiff in the room, reflecting that on October 10 I have signed that I was sick, when in fact I traveled to Orlando.

In the afternoon, witnesses from the federal prosecutor’s office will begin to testify. The federal prosecutor’s office quoted a score of witnesses. These include: the prosecutor Víctor Acevedo; the former director of the FBI in the Island, Carlos Cases; Cherine Aponte, Marilyn Benitez, prosecutor Vanessa Bonano, former prosecutor Wallace Bustello, former prosecutor Luke Cass, prosecutor Timothy Henwood, Lisa Western, supervisor of Reyes Caparrós, and director of Human Resources of the Prosecution, Pura López, among others.

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¿Represalias o medidas de seguridad contra posible espionaje ruso? Justo en el momento en que se investiga la posible intromisión ilegal de parte de Rusia en las pasadas elecciones presidenciales de los EE.UU., rueda una película en el Tribunal federal en Puerto Rico de otro posible esquema ruso para infiltrarse. Los tentáculos de la Guerra Fría entre EE.UU. y Rusia siguen tocando a la puerta del Caribe. La madeja investigativa emana de un centro cultural ruso con sede en Washington DC, dirigido por Yury Zaytsev, bajo sospecha de usar un programa de intercambio cultural para espionaje. Uno de los capítulos de esta historia rusa es el eje de una controversia laboral en el seno de la Fiscalía federal en Puerto Rico; llevándose enredada la imagen pública de integridad y rectitud inviolables de su jefatura, licenciada Rosa Emilia Rodríguez.

Francisco Reyes Caparrós, exespecialista de inteligencia quien laboró en el Departamento de Justicia federal en Puerto Rico entre 2009 y 2015 (Caso Civil #205-2229, 2 septiembre 2015), alega represalias en su contra. El motivo: entre otras acciones por advertir de presuntas conductas inapropiadas, facilitarle un chaleco antibalas a una funcionaria que radicó un caso contra la gerencia de la Fiscalía federal ante la Comisión de Igualdad de Oportunidades en el Empleo (EEOC), que fue desestimado. No obstante, sus alegaciones palidecen ante el cuadro de posible peligro a la seguridad nacional que dicho exfuncionario de inteligencia potencialmente representaba.

Según declaración suscrita (3 mayo 2017), con respecto al especialista de inteligencia Reyes Caparrós, con autorización de seguridad “Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information”, la fiscal federal Rosa Emilia Rodríguez expresa que el 2 de octubre de 2013, agentes del FBI le informaron de una investigación por invitación a viajar con todos los gastos pagos a “llamado ‘intercambio cultural’ a Rusia, auspiciado por una organización dirigida por un conocido espía ruso”. El FBI tenía razones para creer que el propósito de dicho viaje era reclutar invitados para espionaje. Dado el alto nivel de autorización de seguridad que tenía Reyes Caparrós para acceder a información clasificada era motivo de preocupación para el FBI, incluso que se comunicara por correo electrónico del gobierno federal. Posteriormente, Carlos Cases, entonces director del FBI en Puerto Rico, le informó que Reyes Caparrós sería vedado del acceso al FBI y reuniones sobre terrorismo. Además, le requiere a la fiscal federal prohibirle acceso a información de seguridad y documentos de investigaciones criminales que realiza el FBI (Ibid, Exhibit C, Carta, 3 octubre 2013). Para salvaguardar información confidencial clasificada, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez, como jefa de Fiscalía federal en Puerto Rico, le cambió tareas a Reyes Caparrós.

Anastasia Kitsul, cónsul honoraria rusa en Puerto Rico, ciudadana naturalizada de EE.UU., casada con Kaleb Rodríguez Cruz, en diciembre de 2011 estableció la Fundación Rusa-Puertorriqueña en San Juan como una entidad no política “estrictamente cultural y académica” para promover intercambio cultural entre Rusia y Puerto Rico. Además, “provee asistencia a ciudadanos(as) rusos(as) en Puerto Rico y la protección de derechos” a quienes fuesen acusados(as) de violar la ley (Caso Núm. 2014-000160, Informe de Investigación, Oficina de Inspector General, OIG, 3 septiembre 2014, p.3-4). Dicha fundación mantiene un Centro Cultural Ruso en el Cuartel de Ballajá en el Viejo San Juan. Por otra parte, Yury Zaytsev, supervisor de Kitsul, dirige el Centro Cultural Ruso en Washington DC. El programa “Generation Next”, administrado por el gobierno ruso, auspicia viajes de intercambio cultural y fortalecimiento de posible negocio entre EE.UU. y Rusia.

La OIG determinó que Reyes Caparrós violentó el protocolo para solicitar autorización para viajar a Rusia; utilizó el correo electrónico del gobierno federal para enviar copia de su pasaporte a la entidad rusa y se identificó como especialista de inteligencia del gobierno de EE.UU. En otro asunto, Reyes Caparrós envió electrónicamente a su prometida, Patricia Quintero, copia de comunicación interna dirigida a su supervisora Lisa Western, que contenía información alusiva a investigaciones criminales confidenciales. OIG concluyó que Reyes Caparrós, como especialista de inteligencia, evidenció “un juicio pobre” al no aquilatar las implicaciones de seguridad nacional al aceptar el viaje a Rusia, a pesar de reclamar que no lo haría sin la debida autorización de las autoridades federales. Sus acciones demuestran lo contrario, al enviar información personal para la solicitud y copia de su pasaporte a los auspiciadores del viaje, sin previa notificación al USAO (Ibid, p.2).

En fin, el Tribunal federal deberá “separar la paja del grano”. Las medidas administrativas que tomó la fiscal federal Rosa Emilia Rodríguez, ¿son cautelares ante posible espionaje ruso o “represalias” por un caso rechazado por el EEOC?

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FILE – In this Feb. 4, 2015 photo, Special Agent in Charge Patricia Ferrick, right, speaks at a news conference in New Haven, Conn. As they fight allegations that Connecticut FBI agents retaliated against employees for whistleblowing, federal government officials are refusing to release details of a legal settlement with a special agent and asking a judge to throw out another employee’s lawsuit. Special Agent Kurt Siuzdak’s lawsuit, filed in 2014, exposed allegations of internal strife and dysfunction within the FBI’s main Connecticut office in New Haven. (AP Photo/Dave Collins) The Associated Press

By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As they fight allegations that Connecticut FBI agents retaliated against employees for whistleblowing, federal government officials are refusing to release details of a legal settlement with a special agent and asking a judge to throw out another employee’s lawsuit.

Special Agent Kurt Siuzdak’s lawsuit, filed in 2014, exposed allegations of internal strife and dysfunction within the FBI’s main Connecticut office in New Haven. It also disclosed a 2013 visit to the New Haven office by then-Director James Comey, who apologized to employees for “the failure of the FBI’s executive management to correct the leadership failures” in Connecticut.

Siuzdak’s lawsuit was reported settled in court documents filed in March, but the FBI and Justice Department have declined to release the details and rejected recent requests under public records laws by The Associated Press for a copy of the deal. Officials would say only that there was no admission of wrongdoing in the settlement.

Federal officials are now battling another lawsuit by a second New Haven FBI employee, electronics technician Omar Montoya, according to court documents obtained by the AP. Montoya alleges the retaliation against him included his supervisors falsely labeling him an “insider threat” to the FBI, which sparked an investigation, and authorizing unwarranted surveillance of him.

Siuzdak and Montoya have declined to comment on the lawsuits, which were filed in federal court.

Officials at FBI headquarters in Washington and Patricia Ferrick, the special agent in charge of the New Haven office since 2013, also declined to comment on the lawsuits.

Thomas Spina, an assistant U.S. attorney representing the New Haven FBI office, said Justice Department policy prevented him from commenting on pending litigation and releasing details of settlements with employees. In court documents, federal officials denied the allegations in both lawsuits.

“We take the allegations seriously,” Spina said.

Montoya sued the FBI, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray in September. He said Ferrick and other supervisors began a campaign of retaliation against him after he began helping Siuzdak with Siuzdak’s internal complaint against Ferrick and other officials for alleged discrimination and retaliation. Montoya was Siuzdak’s volunteer equal employment opportunity affairs counselor.

Siuzdak, a 21-year FBI veteran, sued the Justice Department on allegations that Ferrick and her predecessor, Kimberly Mertz, blocked his pursuit of several management positions and started baseless internal investigations against him after he reported alleged workplace time and attendance fraud.

Montoya, an Army veteran hired by the FBI in 2010, said the retaliation and harassment against him began shortly after he interviewed Ferrick and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kevin Kline in April 2015 as part of Siuzdak’s internal complaint, according to his lawsuit.

Montoya also had reported alleged abuse of power in the New Haven office to national FBI officials, which he said upset New Haven FBI leaders.

He said FBI New Haven officials authorized unnecessary surveillance of him, gave him bogus bad performance reviews and threatened to fire him on false allegations of attendance policy violations.

His lawsuit also said officials caused a “fraudulent and frivolous ‘insider threat’ investigation” to be started against him, by labeling him as someone who posed a “physical, terrorist, intelligence, or other security risk to the FBI.”

He said the stress from the retaliation and harassment caused health problems that made him miss work.

“He was discriminated and/or retaliated against and subjected to a hostile work environment because of his participation in civil rights,” Montoya’s lawsuit says.

In court documents, federal prosecutors denied Montoya’s allegations and asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

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FILE – In this Feb. 4, 2015 photo, Special Agent in Charge Patricia Ferrick, right, speaks at a news conference in New Haven, Conn. As they fight allegations that Connecticut FBI agents retaliated against employees for whistleblowing, federal government officials are refusing to release details of a legal settlement with a special agent and asking a judge to throw out another employee’s lawsuit. Special Agent Kurt Siuzdak’s lawsuit, filed in 2014, exposed allegations of internal strife and dysfunction within the FBI’s main Connecticut office in New Haven. (AP Photo/Dave Collins) The Associated Press

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As they fight allegations that Connecticut FBI agents retaliated against employees for whistleblowing, federal government officials are refusing to release details of a legal settlement with a special agent and asking a judge to throw out another employee’s lawsuit.

Special Agent Kurt Siuzdak’s lawsuit, filed in 2014, exposed allegations of internal strife and dysfunction within the FBI’s main Connecticut office in New Haven. It also disclosed a 2013 visit to the New Haven office by then-Director James Comey, who apologized to employees for “the failure of the FBI’s executive management to correct the leadership failures” in Connecticut.

Siuzdak’s lawsuit was reported settled in court documents filed in March, but the FBI and Justice Department have declined to release the details and rejected recent requests under public records laws by The Associated Press for a copy of the deal. Officials would say only that there was no admission of wrongdoing in the settlement.

Federal officials are now battling another lawsuit by a second New Haven FBI employee, electronics technician Omar Montoya, according to court documents obtained by the AP. Montoya alleges the retaliation against him included his supervisors falsely labeling him an “insider threat” to the FBI, which sparked an investigation, and authorizing unwarranted surveillance of him.

Siuzdak and Montoya have declined to comment on the lawsuits, which were filed in federal court.

Officials at FBI headquarters in Washington and Patricia Ferrick, the special agent in charge of the New Haven office since 2013, also declined to comment on the lawsuits.

Thomas Spina, an assistant U.S. attorney representing the New Haven FBI office, said Justice Department policy prevented him from commenting on pending litigation and releasing details of settlements with employees. In court documents, federal officials denied the allegations in both lawsuits.

“We take the allegations seriously,” Spina said.

Montoya sued the FBI, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray in September. He said Ferrick and other supervisors began a campaign of retaliation against him after he began helping Siuzdak with Siuzdak’s internal complaint against Ferrick and other officials for alleged discrimination and retaliation. Montoya was Siuzdak’s volunteer equal employment opportunity affairs counselor.

Siuzdak, a 21-year FBI veteran, sued the Justice Department on allegations that Ferrick and her predecessor, Kimberly Mertz, blocked his pursuit of several management positions and started baseless internal investigations against him after he reported alleged workplace time and attendance fraud.

Montoya, an Army veteran hired by the FBI in 2010, said the retaliation and harassment against him began shortly after he interviewed Ferrick and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kevin Kline in April 2015 as part of Siuzdak’s internal complaint, according to his lawsuit.

Montoya also had reported alleged abuse of power in the New Haven office to national FBI officials, which he said upset New Haven FBI leaders.

He said FBI New Haven officials authorized unnecessary surveillance of him, gave him bogus bad performance reviews and threatened to fire him on false allegations of attendance policy violations.

His lawsuit also said officials caused a “fraudulent and frivolous ‘insider threat’ investigation” to be started against him, by labeling him as someone who posed a “physical, terrorist, intelligence, or other security risk to the FBI.”

He said the stress from the retaliation and harassment caused health problems that made him miss work.

“He was discriminated and/or retaliated against and subjected to a hostile work environment because of his participation in civil rights,” Montoya’s lawsuit says.

In court documents, federal prosecutors denied Montoya’s allegations and asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

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Those conditions, he said, made clearer why the government’s official death count was incomplete. “Even if they were really doing a good job, it was really hard unless you did something like we did — go talk to people on the ground,” he said. People, he added, “died alone in their houses. Nobody went there. Some of them were covered by a landslide, and months after they’ve not recovered the bodies.”

Notably, abnormally high death rates continued at least through the end of December. “They didn’t show any sign of coming down in the several months following the hurricane that we were looking at,” said Caroline Buckee, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and the study’s other senior author.

“There is clearly an excess mortality, and let’s not argue very specific numbers,” said Dr. Gilbert Burnham, a professor of international health and founder of the Center for Humanitarian Health at Johns Hopkins University, who was not involved in the research, but has performed similar studies assessing deaths, including in Mosul, Iraq.

Dr. Burnham said that despite the study’s limitations, including the difficulty of estimating Puerto Rico’s total population in light of migration, and the possible oversampling of smaller populations in more remote areas, such surveys “should become a standard activity in post-disaster situations,” because they help reveal vulnerabilities that can be addressed to save lives.

Dr. Burnham and another expert unaffiliated with the study agreed with the researchers that the toll could be even higher than estimated if adjusted for the fact that people who died alone could not be surveyed. “It just is stunning how poor our information was as to what was happening in Puerto Rico,” said Leslie Roberts, a professor and director of the program on forced migration and health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

The use of surveys to assess the extent of deaths and suffering in disasters, and to guide improvements, extends back decades. Particularly important were a series of studies in Bangladesh in 1970 and 1971, which revealed that women died at a higher rate than men from a massive cyclone that the researchers estimated killed at least 224,000 people.

In Puerto Rico, the researchers visited 104 barrios across the island, selecting them to ensure that both urban and nonurban areas were represented. In the areas most remote from cities, about one in five residences were abandoned. The researchers chose households at random in each of the barrios, asking about deaths in the home, deaths in the neighborhood, and access to electricity, running water and phone service.

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This story only confirms: The FBI is very sick and deeply dysfunctional organization in need of urgent and radical reforms. The Russians and the others were able to operate practically and almost openly right under their noses, undeterred. For example, the leading Russian mobsters, Mogilevich and Ivankov lived openly in Trump Tower, while the FBI was “looking for them”. The list of similar “achievements” is long, just like the many lists of their self-inflated, puffed-up “heroism”. Various games, performances, smoke and mirrors, pretensions and vanity, acting and lying, psychopathic abuses of Law – these are the names and the keys to their FBI careers. No wonder… 

The issue of penetration by mobsters, in various shapes and forms, by the hostile intelligence services, and the “insider threats” are always on the agenda. This is very logical in this type of the working environment and working milieu. No wonder… 

“Nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000. Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far.” They did that because of the need to succeed, need to please, possibly because of the fear of losing their jobs sometimes, “peer pressure”, etc., etc.; you name it. No wonder… 

In the U.S.? And this is the famed US Justice system? This looks and feels like a third world country phenomenon, socially, psychologically, and the work ethics-wise. And this is the FBI’s fault, and the product of its institutional structure, culture, and mentality. 

If not for this story we would never learn what was going on in the Connecticut branch of the FBI. What is going on in the other branches? 

What is going on in the Puerto Rico branch? It is the responsibility of every citizen to keep the close eye on them, to document, to report, and to expose in media their each and every misdeed. They have to be purged thoroughly until they are squeaky clean. Or there will be no Liberty

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“The American people have entrusted the FBI with the tremendous task of enforcing the law, fairly and without favor. That trust has been well placed.” 

Or was it? It looks that this issue, with all the related practical ramifications, is exactly the crux of the discussion. I think that the question mark would be more appropriate under the circumstances: 

Is trust in the FBI well placed? And what can be done to enhance the FBI functioning and to enhance this trust, as the result? The respect for the social institutions is not the blind love, after all. 

“In its current time of trial, the FBI is deeply fortunate to have someone of Christopher Wray’s fine character and caliber at its helm. History, and the American people, will remember and record the decisions we make when our institutions are tested. I have every confidence that the FBI will pass this test with flying colors, and continue to live up to the high ideals expressed in its creed—fidelity, bravery, and integrity.” 

This part I would like to agree with; in time, and according to the real achievements and results, tangible (“structure”), and not so tangible, such as institutional culture and psychology. Time will show. 

Michael Novakhov

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By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As they fight allegations that Connecticut FBI agents retaliated against employees for whistleblowing, federal government officials are refusing to release details of a legal settlement with a special agent and asking a judge to throw out another employee’s lawsuit.

Special Agent Kurt Siuzdak’s lawsuit, filed in 2014, exposed allegations of internal strife and dysfunction within the FBI’s main Connecticut office in New Haven. It also disclosed a 2013 visit to the New Haven office by then-Director James Comey, who apologized to employees for “the failure of the FBI’s executive management to correct the leadership failures” in Connecticut.

Siuzdak’s lawsuit was reported settled in court documents filed in March, but the FBI and Justice Department have declined to release the details and rejected recent requests under public records laws by The Associated Press for a copy of the deal. Officials would say only that there was no admission of wrongdoing in the settlement.

Federal officials are now battling another lawsuit by a second New Haven FBI employee, electronics technician Omar Montoya, according to court documents obtained by the AP. Montoya alleges the retaliation against him included his supervisors falsely labeling him an “insider threat” to the FBI, which sparked an investigation, and authorizing unwarranted surveillance of him.

Siuzdak and Montoya have declined to comment on the lawsuits, which were filed in federal court.

Officials at FBI headquarters in Washington and Patricia Ferrick, the special agent in charge of the New Haven office since 2013, also declined to comment on the lawsuits.

Thomas Spina, an assistant U.S. attorney representing the New Haven FBI office, said Justice Department policy prevented him from commenting on pending litigation and releasing details of settlements with employees. In court documents, federal officials denied the allegations in both lawsuits.

“We take the allegations seriously,” Spina said.

Montoya sued the FBI, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray in September. He said Ferrick and other supervisors began a campaign of retaliation against him after he began helping Siuzdak with Siuzdak’s internal complaint against Ferrick and other officials for alleged discrimination and retaliation. Montoya was Siuzdak’s volunteer equal employment opportunity affairs counselor.

Siuzdak, a 21-year FBI veteran, sued the Justice Department on allegations that Ferrick and her predecessor, Kimberly Mertz, blocked his pursuit of several management positions and started baseless internal investigations against him after he reported alleged workplace time and attendance fraud.

Montoya, an Army veteran hired by the FBI in 2010, said the retaliation and harassment against him began shortly after he interviewed Ferrick and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kevin Kline in April 2015 as part of Siuzdak’s internal complaint, according to his lawsuit.

Montoya also had reported alleged abuse of power in the New Haven office to national FBI officials, which he said upset New Haven FBI leaders.

He said FBI New Haven officials authorized unnecessary surveillance of him, gave him bogus bad performance reviews and threatened to fire him on false allegations of attendance policy violations.

His lawsuit also said officials caused a “fraudulent and frivolous ‘insider threat’ investigation” to be started against him, by labeling him as someone who posed a “physical, terrorist, intelligence, or other security risk to the FBI.”

He said the stress from the retaliation and harassment caused health problems that made him miss work.

“He was discriminated and/or retaliated against and subjected to a hostile work environment because of his participation in civil rights,” Montoya’s lawsuit says.

In court documents, federal prosecutors denied Montoya’s allegations and asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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El huracán María marcó la historia de PR, pero hoy utilizamos lo aprendido para enfrentar el paso de futuros eventos atmosféricos. Reafirmamos nuestro compromiso con mantener y mejorar los protocolos y acciones que mejor resulten en la seguridad y proyección de los ciudadanos. pic.twitter.com/OjF9EWfViK



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CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO — At least 4,645 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria and its devastation across Puerto Rico last year, according to a new Harvard study released Tuesday, an estimate that far exceeds the official government death toll, which …
New Study Estimates Hurricane Maria Death Toll in Puerto Rico Could Exceed 4000New York Times
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Study: Puerto Rico hurricane death toll near 5,000
 

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A new study finds that the death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria stands close to 4,600, more than 70 times the government’s original estimate. CNN’s Leyla Santiago reports.

PBS NewsHour full episode May 29, 2018
 

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Tuesday on the NewsHour, more than 4,600 people — far more than the official toll — are believed to have died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria. Also: Starbucks mandates anti-bias training, ABC abruptly cancels “Roseanne,” an organization teaches skills needed to keep a job, the Trump administration’s immigration policies in context, schools and the #MeToo movement and more.

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President Trump pressured Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse his decision to recuse himself from the oversight of the Russia investigation, according to the New York Times.

Will we ever know what happened to flight MH370?
 

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There are plenty of theories about what caused the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to disappear in March, 2014, yet none have come close to solving the mystery.
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Trump Talks MS-13, Border Wall and Jay-Z
 

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President Trump attacked Tennessee Democratic Senate Candidate Phil Bredesen as a “tool” of “MS-13 lover Nancy Pelosi.” At a rally in Nashville, Trump talked about and border control, reiterating that Mexico will pay for the border wall. (May 29)

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Former Trump campaign members on contact with Mueller probe
 

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Carter Page, Sam Clovis and Michael Caputo discuss how their lives have been changed by tbeing caught up in the Mueller investigation on ‘Hannity.’

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State Department study berates countries for stifling religious freedom; Rich Edson reports.

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Donald Trump blasts MS-13, Mexico and Jay-Z at rally
 

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US President Donald Trump attacks Tennessee Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, as well as many others, at a rally in Nashville. Report by Louee Dessent-Jackson.

Magician not liable for audience member’s injuries
 

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A British tourist had claimed that he was hurt taking part in one of David Copperfield’s stage tricks in Las Vegas…
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Secrets of a Successful Spy Marriage

Over its six seasons, “The Americans” has dramatized the tension between effective espionage and a happy marriage for a fictional KGB couple. For the Soviet bloc intelligence services, who regularly sent couples across the Iron Curtain as deep cover spies, this tension was more than dramatic fodder. It was a serious operational problem. To manage […]The post Secrets of a Successful Spy Marriage appeared first on War on the Rocks.
Lavrov: All non-Syrian forces should quit Syria’s southern border

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday the withdrawal of all non-Syrian forces from Syria’s southern border with IsraelThe post Lavrov: All non-Syrian forces should quit Syria’s southern border appeared first on DEBKAfile.
Gowdy: FBI acted properly with use of informant during 2016 campaign – The Hill
 


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Gowdy: FBI acted properly with use of informant during 2016 campaign
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… as an FBI informant’s contact with several Trump campaign advisers during the 2016 presidential election. The Oversight Committee chairman said Wray and Rosenstein made it clear that the president was not the target of the department’sinvestigation.and more »
Hacker Karim Baratov gets five years for Yahoo security breach – Ottawa Citizen
 


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Hacker Karim Baratov gets five years for Yahoo security breach
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SAN FRANCISCO — A Canadian young computer hacker who American investigators say unwittingly worked for Russianspies was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for his role in a massive security breach at Yahoo that U.S. federal agents say was 
Trump Asked Jeff Sessions To Reverse Recusal From Russia Probe: Report

The president has said he never would have appointed Sessions had he known the attorney general would recuse himself.
Top Republican sees no FBI misconduct in probe of Trump-Russia connections – Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
 


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Top Republican sees no FBI misconduct in probe of Trump-Russia connections
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As President Donald Trump on Tuesday was again denouncing the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and possible ties to his campaign, a key Republican who saw documents last week about the probe said the review showed … 
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Gowdy, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, has been a key House point man on the most sensitive aspects of the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election — and he has been an envoy for the committee and House leadership in …
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Latvia, acting on US warning, probes if Russian money flows used to meddle in Europe politics – The Japan Times
 


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Latvia, acting on US warning, probes if Russian money flows used to meddle in Europe politics
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Russia has also been accused of interfering in elections from Germany to the United States although Moscow denies any such action. Reuters asked the Kremlin whether Russia had used Latvia to move funds that were used for political interference in and more »
Donald Trump’s salty sally to the US Naval Academy

The president’s commencement speech cannily referenced military language and rituals
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A Kazakh-born computer hacker who U.S. prosecutors say unwittingly worked with a Russian spy agency in a massive Yahoo data breach has been sentenced to five years in prison. U.S. District Judge Vince … Baratov, who was born in Kazakhstan but most recently 
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Here’s the latest for Tuesday, May 29th: North Korean official spotted in Beijing airport; Hawaii volcano spurs more evacuations; Alberto downgraded to tropical depression; American man home in Utah after two years in Venezuelan jail.

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Alberto downgraded to a subtropical depression
 

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The deadly weather system Alberto downgraded to a subtropical depression after pounding North Carolina and killing at least two people. CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri reports.

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Highlights of this day in history: Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first to scale Mt. Everest’s peak; President John F. Kennedy born; Patrick Henry gives his “If this be treason” speech; Comedian Bob Hope born. ()

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More violent clashes in Nicaragua
 

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Students clash with police and attack a pro-government building while calling for President Daniel Ortega to step down.

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Raw: Alberto Brings Big Waves and Heavy Rains
 

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Alberto has been downgraded to a tropical depression. The storm came ashore in western Florida on Monday, causing big waves and tides. A falling tree killed two TV journalists who were covering the storm in North Carolina. (May 29)

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Paris hero gets citizenship from French President
 

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Paris hero Mamoudou Gassama who saved a dangling child from a four-storey building has been given his citizenship and a new job. Report by Nadia Gyane.

Medical team that saved the Skripals speaks out
 

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Staff at Salisbury District hospital have been talking about how they faced the unknown when a former Russian double agent and his daughter were attacked with a normally lethal nerve agent.…
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Outrage grows after US govt. loses track of migrant kids
 

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Austria’s right-wing coalition government is cracking down on benefits paid to foreigners, in a bid to deter asylum seekers.…
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Two journalists killed while covering Alberto
 

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WYFF, the NBC-affiliated station in Greenville, South Carolina, is mourning the loss of two journalists, Anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer, who died while covering subtropical storm Alberto in North Carolina.

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Of all the unusual characters in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal, Felix Sater might be the oddest of the bunch. He’s a convicted Russian mafia money launderer who has since worked as an FBI informant, and somewhere in there he spearheaded some shady Trump Organization real estate deals. Sater appeared on a repeat of the Chris Hayes show this evening on MSNBC which and left us with more questions than answers. The one thing that stood out: Sater protested too much tonight when it came to Donald Trump.

Felix Sater largely used the interview to try to dodge Hayes’ questions about the Trump-Russia political scandal, even as Hayes tried to press him for answers. Sater argued that he ceased working with the Trump Organization several years ago, and that he couldn’t answer questions about the Trump political campaign because he wasn’t involved in it. But then he ceded that he was brought back into the Trump fold specifically to try to negotiate the construction of Trump Tower Moscow with the Russians during the election.

Sater claims that the Trump Tower Moscow deal – which ended up falling through for still unknown reasons – was totally on the up-and-up. But that means we’re supposed to believe that Donald Trump brought a convicted Russian mafia money launderer out of retirement specifically to negotiate a real estate deal between the Trump Organization and Russia, while Trump was running for President, and there’s nothing suspicious about any of that.

The most telling moment during Felix Sater’s interview tonight may have been when he insisted that Donald Trump has never taken any Russian money, and that he would never speak to Trump again if he ever found out otherwise. Why even go there? It felt like Sater was protesting far too much. In any case, it doesn’t matter what Sater says on television. It only matters what Sater, who was apparently still an FBI informant during the election, has privately told Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

 

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Palmer Report: How Roger Stone’s murder threat impacts his plea deal against Donald Trump

By his own admission, Roger Stone has spent the past four decades going Full Thug in the political world, yet he’s always managed to survive it. There’s a reason why: he knows when and how to cut and run, and who to sell out. Now that a grand jury is on the verge of indicting him for serious crimes that may include espionage charges, it’s inevitable that Stone will do what he always does: he’ll cut a plea deal against Donald Trump in order to survive. However, there’s a new twist: Stone recently threatened to murder a witness.

In a sign of how badly things are slipping away from Roger Stone, it turns out that six weeks ago he privately threatened to kill his (former) friend Randy Credico if he testified against him in the Trump-Russia scandal. This comes on top of an earlier report from last month that Stone threatened to kidnap Credico’s dog. Stone made these threats via email, so there’s proof he said these things.

We’ll have to leave it to the grand jury to decide whether Stone’s “Prepare to die” threat counts as a criminal threat against Credico’s life. At the least, this means he’s looking at witness intimidation charges. Of course this will pale in comparison to whatever charges Stone is indicted on for conspiring with Russia to alter the outcome of the election: espionage, conspiracy against the United States, take your pick. But something like witness intimidation, or the perjury that Stone also appears to have committed, is far quicker and easier to prove. It’s the kind of cut-and-dry charge that prompts someone like Stone to realize he’s screwed and cut a deal. Even if he thinks he can beat espionage charges at trial, he’s not beating the simpler charges.

So if Roger Stone is capable of thinking logically and rationally, this new revelation will serve to greatly increase the odds that he cuts a plea deal. The question of course is whether Stone has been making death threats against witnesses as a coldly logical tactic, or because he’s cracked under the pressure. If he’s lost the ability to think rationally, he may not cut a plea deal after all. But Robert Mueller has so many other cooperating witnesses against Trump, it may not matter.

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Renunciation of the Attorney General, Luis Román Negrón

The Acting Secretary of the Interior, Luis Gerardo Rivera Marín, reported Friday that Governor Ricardo Rosselló accepted the resignation of the Attorney General of Puerto Rico, Luis Roman Negrón, for personal reasons.

The Secretary of State also thanked the prosecutor’s work since he took office.

“The governor is grateful for the work and work done by Román Negrón and we wish him the greatest success in his future projects,” Rivera Marín concluded.

On February 16, the Secretary of Justice, Wanda Vázquez Garced, said that Román Negrón cooperated with the Department of Justice’s investigation into the electoral period, were issued through an electoral political chat in which a judge and the same attorney, before being appointed to that position.

“The Attorney General, as soon as he became aware that he was in this chat, notified him and cooperated with the investigation,” the secretary said in a few brief written statements that she felt at that time to El Nuevo Día.

Román Negrón was sworn in in March 2017 .

He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras in 1999 and in 2002 he obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the Law School of the University of Puerto Rico.

He served as associate director of the Legal Journal of the University of Puerto Rico and obtained his MA in Law from Columbia Law School in New York.

He worked as legal officer of the former associate judge of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, Baltasar Corrada del Río.

Subsequently, he worked as legal officer for the federal judge, Jay A. García-Gregory, in the Federal Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

Between 2009 and 2012, Roman dedicated himself to public service, first as assistant secretary of advice of the Department of Justice (2009-2011), and then as Attorney General of Puerto Rico (2011-2012), after being appointed to the position by the then governor Luis G. Fortuño.

Between 2013 and 2016 he was in the Litigation Department of the law firm of McConnell Valdés and served as an adjunct professor at the Law School of the University of Puerto Rico.

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Luis Román Negrón renunció hoy a su posición como Procurador General por razones personales, anunció el secretario interino de la Gobernación, Luis Rivera Marín.

“El gobernador [Ricardo Rosselló] agradece el trabajo y la labor realizada por el Lcdo. Román Negrón y le deseamos el mayor de los éxitos en sus proyectos futuros”, detalló Rivera Marín en un breve comunicado de prensa.

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Mr. Trump has wanted to take on his own government more overtly for months despite his lawyers’ warnings. Since bringing on Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor, as the face of his legal team, the president has turned more aggressive, willing to push boundaries of law enforcement practices.

He remains deeply mistrustful of the Justice Department, according to people who have spoken with him, nursing his animosity for Mr. Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himselffrom the Russia investigation. Even reminders that Mr. Wray has purged several F.B.I. holdovers have not soothed Mr. Trump, associates said.

“I think the president should exercise restraint,” said Christopher Ruddy, his friend and the chief executive of Newsmax Media. “He should use the Reagan model. You shouldn’t get involved in these investigations, leave it to the lawyers, leave it to the people outside the White House. Avoid the Nixon model where you get involved in the investigations and you fire prosecutors and the other stuff that could be perceived as obstruction.”

Sam Nunberg, a former campaign adviser, said the president should not fire Mr. Sessions, Mr. Rosenstein or Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation, because “they’re perfect foils.” They and James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director fired by Mr. Trump last year, have become symbols of the “deep state” that Mr. Trump says he is fighting.

“They have given us every single talking point that we have needed,” Mr. Nunberg said. “All I need to do is quote them. Their mind-set is they know better. It’s this gilded Washington, ‘we know best and you’re just not smart enough to understand.’ ”

The president’s demand for an investigation into the informant and the release of confidential information stunned Justice Department officials and put Mr. Rosenstein in an awkward position. Rather than resist, Mr. Rosenstein agreed to an inquiry. The next day, Mr. Trump summoned him and Mr. Wray to the White House, which then announced that the department and F.B.I. would disclose information to House Republicans who have been demanding it.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. federal agency tasked with restoring electricity to Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean last year, is leaving the island though thousands still have no power heading into the next hurricane season starting next month.

Only a last-minute request from the governor of the island, bemoaning the “fragile state” of the power grid, managed to keep most of the generators brought by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Puerto Rican soil for another six months.

The remaining generators might help keep the lights on for hospitals or police stations if the island gets hit again during the coming hurricane season, which begins June 1.

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico last September, leaving 1.5 million homes and businesses in the dark. Both the island’s power utility and the Trump Administration’s Federal Emergency Management Agency were criticized for a slow response.

Most power has been restored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers but the electricity grid remains unreliable, and suffered an island-wide blackout last month.

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“The whole world is very nervous about hurricane time,” said Rosalina Abreu Gonzalez, who lives near Mariana, on the eastern side of the island, where power has still not been restored. “There is a real concern – the government hasn’t provided an energy system that is more secure.”

The Army Corps, a unit of the U.S. armed forces, has said its task is largely complete now that most people have power. About 22,000 customers are still without electricity, most in remote areas, according to the new head of the island’s power utility, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

“Our mission wasn’t to build a modern resilient system,” Charles Alexander, Director of Contingency Operations and Homeland Security Headquarters at the Army Corps, said at a Senate hearing last week.

On April 29, Governor Ricardo Rossello asked U.S. officials to leave behind 850 generators at critical facilities, along with three larger generators used to keep the grid stable. FEMA agreed to leave the mega-generators and generators for 700 critical facilities. Mega-generators supply 75 megawatts of power, enough to power 75,000 homes.

New PREPA Chief Executive Walter Higgins, who has only been on the job for two months, said he is focusing on emergency procedures in the event of another disaster in coming months.

He said there is a plan for building a more resilient grid in the future. Higgins took over from Ricardo Ramos, who resigned as CEO in November after coming under fire for signing unvetted, little-known contractors to restore power, rather than immediately ask for assistance from other utilities.

“Unfortunately, pain causes learning, and what we’ve learned is how to get mutual assistance called for and on the island immediately,” Higgins told Reuters.

Still, PREPA’s grid lacks buried power lines or reinforced poles, common in other hurricane prone areas. The power utility ran up an $8 billion debt over many years, largely due to poor bill collection, causing the system to fall into disrepair.

“It is very hard to see these messages where the government is saying we’re ready for next season. We’re not,” said Sheylda Diaz, a biology professor who lives near Utuado, in the island’s center, where some lines and poles have yet to be fixed.

The Army Corps will not provide further line restoration after Friday, FEMA said.

“People here have no idea that they are leaving,” said Abreu Gonzalez, who runs a center where people without power can go for meals.

Higgins said he sympathizes with those who want the Corps to remain. “I can understand why somebody would want them to stay longer, as long as there’s a single customer out.”

Maria hit shortly after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma slammed the U.S. mainland in 2017, but in both cases, power was largely restored within a week.

“I cannot imagine a scenario where 20,000-plus Texans or 20,000 Floridians were without power and FEMA would make that decision,” said Sen. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat from New Mexico. “I think that’s reprehensible.”

Reporting By Jessica Resnick-Ault; Editing by Diane Craft

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The Acting Secretary of the Interior, Luis Gerardo Rivera Marín, reported Friday that Governor Ricardo Rosselló accepted the resignation of the Attorney General of Puerto Rico, Luis Roman Negrón, for personal reasons.

The Secretary of State also thanked the prosecutor’s work since he took office.

“The governor is grateful for the work and work done by Román Negrón and we wish him the greatest success in his future projects,” Rivera Marín concluded.

On February 16, the Secretary of Justice, Wanda Vázquez Garced, said that Román Negrón cooperated with the Department of Justice’s investigation into the electoral period, were issued through an electoral political chat in which a judge and the same attorney, before being appointed to that position.

“The Attorney General, as soon as he became aware that he was in this chat, notified him and cooperated with the investigation,” the secretary said in a few brief written statements that she felt at that time to El Nuevo Día.

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He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras in 1999 and in 2002 he obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the Law School of the University of Puerto Rico.

He served as associate director of the Legal Journal of the University of Puerto Rico and obtained his MA in Law from Columbia Law School in New York.

He worked as legal officer of the former associate judge of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, Baltasar Corrada del Río.

Subsequently, he worked as legal officer for the federal judge, Jay A. García-Gregory, in the Federal Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

Between 2009 and 2012, Roman dedicated himself to public service, first as assistant secretary of advice of the Department of Justice (2009-2011), and then as Attorney General of Puerto Rico (2011-2012), after being appointed to the position by the then governor Luis G. Fortuño.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. federal agency tasked with restoring electricity to Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean last year, is leaving the island though thousands still have no power heading into the next hurricane season starting next month.

Only a last-minute request from the governor of the island, bemoaning the “fragile state” of the power grid, managed to keep most of the generators brought by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Puerto Rican soil for another six months.

The remaining generators might help keep the lights on for hospitals or police stations if the island gets hit again during the coming hurricane season, which begins June 1.

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico last September, leaving 1.5 million homes and businesses in the dark. Both the island’s power utility and the Trump Administration’s Federal Emergency Management Agency were criticized for a slow response.

Most power has been restored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers but the electricity grid remains unreliable, and suffered an island-wide blackout last month.

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“The whole world is very nervous about hurricane time,” said Rosalina Abreu Gonzalez, who lives near Mariana, on the eastern side of the island, where power has still not been restored. “There is a real concern – the government hasn’t provided an energy system that is more secure.”

The Army Corps, a unit of the U.S. armed forces, has said its task is largely complete now that most people have power. About 22,000 customers are still without electricity, most in remote areas, according to the new head of the island’s power utility, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

“Our mission wasn’t to build a modern resilient system,” Charles Alexander, Director of Contingency Operations and Homeland Security Headquarters at the Army Corps, said at a Senate hearing last week.

On April 29, Governor Ricardo Rossello asked U.S. officials to leave behind 850 generators at critical facilities, along with three larger generators used to keep the grid stable. FEMA agreed to leave the mega-generators and generators for 700 critical facilities. Mega-generators supply 75 megawatts of power, enough to power 75,000 homes.

New PREPA Chief Executive Walter Higgins, who has only been on the job for two months, said he is focusing on emergency procedures in the event of another disaster in coming months.

He said there is a plan for building a more resilient grid in the future. Higgins took over from Ricardo Ramos, who resigned as CEO in November after coming under fire for signing unvetted, little-known contractors to restore power, rather than immediately ask for assistance from other utilities.

“Unfortunately, pain causes learning, and what we’ve learned is how to get mutual assistance called for and on the island immediately,” Higgins told Reuters.

Still, PREPA’s grid lacks buried power lines or reinforced poles, common in other hurricane prone areas. The power utility ran up an $8 billion debt over many years, largely due to poor bill collection, causing the system to fall into disrepair.

“It is very hard to see these messages where the government is saying we’re ready for next season. We’re not,” said Sheylda Diaz, a biology professor who lives near Utuado, in the island’s center, where some lines and poles have yet to be fixed.

The Army Corps will not provide further line restoration after Friday, FEMA said.

“People here have no idea that they are leaving,” said Abreu Gonzalez, who runs a center where people without power can go for meals.

Higgins said he sympathizes with those who want the Corps to remain. “I can understand why somebody would want them to stay longer, as long as there’s a single customer out.”

Maria hit shortly after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma slammed the U.S. mainland in 2017, but in both cases, power was largely restored within a week.

“I cannot imagine a scenario where 20,000-plus Texans or 20,000 Floridians were without power and FEMA would make that decision,” said Sen. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat from New Mexico. “I think that’s reprehensible.”

Reporting By Jessica Resnick-Ault; Editing by Diane Craft

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Mr. Trump has wanted to take on his own government more overtly for months despite his lawyers’ warnings. Since bringing on Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor, as the face of his legal team, the president has turned more aggressive, willing to push boundaries of law enforcement practices.

He remains deeply mistrustful of the Justice Department, according to people who have spoken with him, nursing his animosity for Mr. Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himselffrom the Russia investigation. Even reminders that Mr. Wray has purged several F.B.I. holdovers have not soothed Mr. Trump, associates said.

“I think the president should exercise restraint,” said Christopher Ruddy, his friend and the chief executive of Newsmax Media. “He should use the Reagan model. You shouldn’t get involved in these investigations, leave it to the lawyers, leave it to the people outside the White House. Avoid the Nixon model where you get involved in the investigations and you fire prosecutors and the other stuff that could be perceived as obstruction.”

Sam Nunberg, a former campaign adviser, said the president should not fire Mr. Sessions, Mr. Rosenstein or Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation, because “they’re perfect foils.” They and James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director fired by Mr. Trump last year, have become symbols of the “deep state” that Mr. Trump says he is fighting.

“They have given us every single talking point that we have needed,” Mr. Nunberg said. “All I need to do is quote them. Their mind-set is they know better. It’s this gilded Washington, ‘we know best and you’re just not smart enough to understand.’ ”

The president’s demand for an investigation into the informant and the release of confidential information stunned Justice Department officials and put Mr. Rosenstein in an awkward position. Rather than resist, Mr. Rosenstein agreed to an inquiry. The next day, Mr. Trump summoned him and Mr. Wray to the White House, which then announced that the department and F.B.I. would disclose information to House Republicans who have been demanding it.

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Luis Román Negrón renunció hoy a su posición como Procurador General por razones personales, anunció el secretario interino de la Gobernación, Luis Rivera Marín.

“El gobernador [Ricardo Rosselló] agradece el trabajo y la labor realizada por el Lcdo. Román Negrón y le deseamos el mayor de los éxitos en sus proyectos futuros”, detalló Rivera Marín en un breve comunicado de prensa.

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Roger Stone is going to be indicted and arrested soon. Robert Mueller’s grand jury has reached the point where it’s hauling in the witnesses who are the closest to Stone, which means that he’s a target, and that the proceedings against him are nearly complete. Stone himself recently admitted on Meet The Press that he expects to be indicted, while declaring his innocence. We’ve recently learned that Stone is going down for something that looks a lot like espionage. Now we’re learning that Stone has also been making murder threats.

Stone just got sold out by his former friend Randy Credico. The Wall Street Journal got ahold of emails that reveal Stone asked Credico to help him get ahold of Hillary Clinton’s emails from Russian puppet WikiLeaks. This means Stone was plotting with a foreign enemy to try to alter the outcome of the election. Credico responded to the WSJ story by asserting that he’s fully willing to cooperate with Robert Mueller. Now it turns out Credico has been preparing to give Stone up all along, and Stone threatened to kill him over it.

Back in early April, after Credico messaged Stone informing him that he was going to give everything up, according to Mother Jones, Stone replied in an obscene and threatening manner: “I am so ready. Let’s get it on. Prepare to die cock sucker.” We don’t know if this legally counts as a death threat, but Credico says he took it as one. More importantly, the law may view this as an attempt at witness intimidation, as Stone was trying to stop Credico from giving up evidence against him. Will the grand jury indict him on that charge as well?

Remarkably, this happened six weeks ago, before it became clear to all involved that Roger Stone was going to be indicted and arrested. So this isn’t merely some last minute meltdown on Stone’s part now that he’s realized he’s circling the bowl. This has been going on for awhile now. Stone claims that eight of his associates have been subpoenaed to testify against him. Do we even want to know how many of the eight he’s threatened to murder?

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida, Alabama and Mississippi launched emergency preparations Saturday ahead of the arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto, a slow-moving system expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend. CBS Miami meteorologist Craig Setzer called Alberto a “big, lopsided storm” — and the effects of the storm will be felt long before it makes landfall.

Cuba was being pounded by rain along its western coast, raising the threat of flash floods and mudslides. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the island’s rain totals could reach 10 to 15 inches – and even 25 inches in isolated areas. The National Hurricane Center warned there could be life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Heavy downpours were expected to begin lashing parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of Florida and Alabama, saying tropical storm conditions are possible there by early Monday.

The governors of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi all declared states of emergency ahead of the storm Saturday.

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Rainfall accumulations of 3 to 7 inches with maximum amounts of 10 inches are possible across the Florida Keys and southern Florida.  About 5 to 10 inches of rain are possible along affected areas in eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida Panhandle. Isolated areas could see as much as 15 inches.

Under overcast skies and occasional drizzle, several Gulfport, Mississippi, residents lined up to fill 10- and 20-pound (5- and 9-kilogram) bags with sand they will use to block any encroaching floodwater expected as a result of Alberto.

Tommy Whitlock said sandbagging has become a usual event in his life since he lives next to a creek.

“I’m doing this because every time we have a hard rain, it floods at my house,” Whitlock said. “We get water from other neighborhoods, and water can get up to a foot deep in some places.”

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Eddy Warner, a retired consultant for a construction company, filled bags while waiting for his nephew to come help transport them home to protect his garage.

“I’m 65 years old and too old to be doing this,” he said, laughing.

Alberto – the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season that officially starts June 1 – is expected to strengthen until it reaches the northern Gulf Coast, likely on Monday night.

The NWS said waves as high as 18 feet could pound the popular Gulf beaches in Baldwin County, Alabama, and northwestern Florida on Monday. A high surf warning was in effect through 7 p.m. Tuesday local time.

At 5 p.m. EDT Saturday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was about 95 miles (155 kilometers) north of the western tip of Cuba and moving north at 13 mph (20 kph). The storm had top sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) and was expected to strengthen as it moves over the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

A subtropical storm like Alberto has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes.

A tropical storm warning remained in effect for Cuba’s western Pinar del Rio province, where heavy rains could trigger flash floods and mudslides, the National Hurricane Center said.

Mexico canceled its watch for the resort-dotted coast of the Yucatan peninsula, where the storm brought heavy rain. There were no immediate reports of emergencies. In Cancun, local newspapers showed scenes of some streets flooded to mid-hubcap level.

The downpours could dampen Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer tourist season along Gulf beaches. Along with heavy rains and high winds come rough seas and a threat of rip currents from Florida to Louisiana that can sweep swimmers out to sea.

Tracey Gasper and her 6-year-old son, Chase, traveled to Biloxi Beach from Donaldsonville, Louisiana, for a day of fun in the sun with a group of friends from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The weather had scared off the usual crowds expected for the holiday weekend.

“It was a 50-50 chance of whether to come down and we decided to chance it,” Gasper said.

What is a tropical storm watch?

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible for the area and time frame described. At the most recent information available from NOAA, the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio and areas of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche should monitor Alberto for the next 24 hours.

What is a subtropical storm?

The National Hurricane Center defines subtropical storm as a “subtropical cyclone” in which the maximum sustained wind speed – using the U.S. one-minute average – is 39 mph or higher. Subtropical storms have cooler centers than tropical storms, but they can eventually develop into tropical storms and then into hurricanes.

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