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Wed Sep 30, 2015, 08:23 PM

Secret service workers spied on lawmaker investigating them – report

Scores of US secret service employees improperly accessed the decade-old, unsuccessful job application of a congressman who was investigating scandals inside the agency, a new government report said Wednesday. An assistant director suggested leaking embarrassing information to retaliate against Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, chairman of the House oversight committee.

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One week later, assistant director Ed Lowery suggested leaking embarrassing information about Chaffetz in retaliation for aggressive investigations by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee into a series of agency missteps and scandals, the report said. Days later, on 2 April, the information about Chaffetz unsuccessfully applying for a job at the secret service was published by the Daily Beast.

“Some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out. Just to be fair,” Lowery wrote 31 March in an email to fellow assistant director Faron Paramore.

Lowery, who is in charge of training, told the inspector general he did not direct anyone to release information about Chaffetz and “believed it would have been inappropriate to do so”, the report said. He told Roth the email was “reflecting his stress and his anger”.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/sep/30/secret-service-investigation-jason-chaffetz-leak

Another source reported that Lowery has been appointed to the post of Assistant Director for training because of a series of high-profile security lapses!...


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Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Wed Sep 30, 2015, 08:41 PM

1. Jobs

Some people at the Secret Service need to lose them. Prosecutions should follow.

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Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2015, 08:19 AM

2. Dysfunctional mess

The Secret Service used to be a highly respected group.

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Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Fri Oct 2, 2015, 06:55 PM

3. Chaffetz clearly has an axe to grind

 

He couldn't cut it as an agent. So here we are a decade later he's still carrying a grudge. My guess is the vetting process uncovered emotional/mental instability.

I know two people who applied for and were denied jobs with the SS and the FBI. Both guys still have a chip on their shoulders a decade and a half later. Both refuse to say why they were rejected. I get it applying for an elite job and getting shut-out would bruise anyone's ego.

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