The email leaks from the Democratic National Committee last year have just been linked to another possible source, and it has nothing to do with Russia.
According to The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group, an IT professional once employed by several congressional offices had the password for the iPad used by former Democratic National Committee Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the same time period that DNC emails were given to WikiLeaks. He has has since been blocked from accessing congressional networks.
Imran Awan is one of three brothers being investigated for inappropriately accessing congressional computers.
Wasserman Schultz has blamed Russians for the hacking which revealed the DNC had been supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy at the expense of rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
WikiLeaks emails show that although Awan was on the public payroll, his work, and the documents on Wasserman Schultz’s iPad, combined DNC, House and campaign operations.
That connection comes at the same time there are allegations that Awan may have been involved in the inappropriate use of House computers. In the wake of an investigation, Imran Awan and his brothers Abid and Jamal were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives last month.
Politico reported that the three brothers and two other individuals are accused of stealing equipment from the offices of members and committing potentially illegal violations of the rules by using the House IT network.
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Although most congressional offices with which they worked have severed ties, Wasserman Schultz has continued to employ Imran Awan as an adviser to her office.
Three members of the House Intelligence Committee and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the brothers on a shared basis.
Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, noted in remarks on the floor of Congress that the incident should spark a concern for plugging leaks on Capitol Hill.
“So I hope all of my colleagues will make note that there may be people on the Hill that don’t have the best intentions with our computer data, including access to classified information,” he said.
“So no matter who they are, even if somebody is worried, because of their background or where they were born, that somebody might scream bias or prejudice, we just need to have everyone who has access to classified information to have a background check even if they work for multiple people. We just need to do that. Lessons, apparently, are still being learned in that regard,” he said.
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