Did This Man Steal Government Secrets?

The President called him “the Pakistani mystery man” He’s been accused of everything, from the sabotage of Bernie Sanders’ 2016 election campaign, to stealing data from government servers, and even treason

But is Imran Awan, a career IT specialist, as sinister as he is portrayed? Or is it true, as he claims, that he is the victim of political agendas? SECTION TWO Awan was born in Pakistan in 1980, and emigrated to the United States in 1997 before going onto study Information Technology at John Hopkins University He earned his citizenship in 2004, and that same year began working as an IT director for Democratic candidates in the US House of Representatives Joining him were his wife, his sister-in-law, his two brothers and two friends, who all worked closely as I

T support for the House Democrats Their clients included the former chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz For over a decade Awan was one of the most well-paid staffers in congress, earning $170,000 in 2015 alone Then in late 2016, Awan, his wife Hina Alvi, and his brothers were implicated in a procurement scam

During the investigation, House Sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving noted that as well as stealing equipment, the Awan group had also logged into Democrat servers an average of 27 times a day over a seven month period According to a briefing to the House, transcribed by Luke Rosiak of The Daily Caller, this suggested “steps taken to conceal their activity” This indicated they were using a server for “nefarious purposes” that could include removing information Retired Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer told Fox News that these nefarious purposes were quite possibly a sabotage campaign against Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primaries in favour of Hillary Clinton He was supported by Sean Hannity, who speculated that it was actually Awan, and not Russian spies, who hacked the DNC in the run up to the 2016 election

He also alleged the Awan family is linked to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood He claimed Debbie Wasserman Schultz was aware of the connection By February 2017, Awan and his extended network were seen as a liability and of the eight House Democrats he worked for, all of them terminated their contracts except for Wasserman Schultz, who kept Awan as an advisor Meanwhile, blogger Greg Bacon argues Awan was actually spying for Israel He claimed Wasserman Schultz kept him on the payroll because she was his Mossad handler That was until 24th July 2017, when Imran Awan was apprehended by the FBI at Dulles International Airport, attempting to leave for Pakistan The following day, Wasserman Schultz finally fired Awan

However according to The Daily Caller, Rashid Minhas, a former Awan business partner, said Awan’s father boasted of being in control of Washington, and had forwarded a USB drive to the Pakistani head of Intelligence Minhas says he was never questioned in Awan’s trial Luke Rosiak notes that Congress’ own Investigator General and Sergeant-at-arms concluded Awan and his team used “classic methods for insiders to exfiltrate data” Rosiak accuses the FBI of operating a two-tier system of justice One for Democrats, and one for everyone else

These accusations are compounded by the fact that Awan’s lawyer was Chris Gowen, who has worked closely with Hillary Clinton, the same person Awan supposedly spied for during the 2016 Democratic primaries The official reason for the arrest was bank fraud, conspiracy and unlawful money transactions Awan had submitted two loan applications in his wife’s name, using two of her properties as security, which he falsely claimed were their primary residences In January 2017, the loans were approved and soon after, $283,000 was wired from Hina Alvi’s checking account to two Pakistani nationals in Faisalabad Crucially, at no point in the indictment was Awan charged with stealing, procuring or passing on intelligence to foreign powers

According to Awan, the mistakes made on the loan applications, were a result of extreme stress and grief due to his father passing away in January 2017 Awan explained the payment of $283,000 to two Pakistani nationals went towards a piece of land his father bought shortly before his death But grief and stress doesn’t explain why Awan initially claimed the money was for funeral expenses Only after the sum was challenged did Awan say its purpose was to purchase property Nor does it adequately explain why his wife, Hina Alvi, claimed the loans were for “medical expenses”

At the last minute, on 3rd July 2018, Awan struck a plea deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to bank fraud and to providing false information As part of the agreement, the government included a clause that states there is no evidence Awan violated federal law or “illegally removed House data… stole the House Democratic Server… or improperly accessed… sensitive information” This is surprising, considering the investigation was led by Trump-nominated attorney Jessie K Liu Trump himself tweeted a month before the deal that the Justice Department must not let Awan or Wasserman Schultz off the hook

It is beyond doubt that Imran Awan broke the law and was sentenced to three months of “supervised release” in August 2018 However, by pleading guilty, Awan, his family members and his associates avoided being questioned over the nature of their finances This has led to accusations of a cover-up by lone conspiracy theorists and large media alike Yet as far as the government is concerned, the case is closed

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