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In the final straight [stretch], federal prosecution
Tomorrow the jury would retire to deliberate.
Melissa Correa Velázquez, EL VOCERO 05/30/2018 Updated ago 16 hours

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Mañana el jurado se retiraría a deliberar.
Melissa Correa Velázquez, EL VOCERO 30/05/2018 Actualizado hace 16 horas

  • 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.”

Federal Justice asks to dismiss suit against Rosa Emilia Rodríguez
Judge Joseph Laplante reserved his ruling
Melissa Correa Velázquez, EL VOCERO 05/29/2018 Updated ago 15 hours

La Fiscalía federal pide desestimar caso por hostigamiento laboral … – El Nuevo Dia.com

  • 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.

Contradict FBI officials in trial against Rosa Emilia

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

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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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