Skip to comments.Spying Case Against U.S. Envoy Is Falling Apart, and Following a Pattern[Robin Raphel]
Posted on 10/11/2015 11:18:39 AM PDT by Theoria
Last fall, federal agents raided the home and office of Robin L. Raphel in search of proof that she, a seasoned member of Americas diplomatic corps, was spying for Pakistan. But officials now say the spying investigation has all but fizzled, leaving the Justice Department to decide whether to prosecute Ms. Raphel for the far less serious charge of keeping classified information in her home.
The fallout from the investigation has in the meantime seriously damaged Ms. Raphels reputation, built over decades in some of the worlds most volatile countries.
If the Justice Department declines to file spying charges, as several officials said they expected, it will be the latest example of American law enforcement agencies bringing an espionage investigation into the public eye, only to see it dissipate under further scrutiny. Last month, the Justice Department dropped charges against a Temple University physicist who had been accused of sharing sensitive information with China. In May, prosecutors dropped all charges against a government hydrologist who had been under investigation for espionage.
Ms. Raphel, in negotiations with the government, has rejected plea deals and has been adamant that she face no charges, according to current and former government officials, particularly because the Justice Department has been criticized in recent years for handing out inconsistent punishments to American officials who mishandle classified information.
Both the Justice Department and a lawyer for Ms. Raphel, Amy Jeffress, declined to comment.
The Raphel case has also been caught in the crosswinds of Americas tempestuous relationship with Pakistan, a strong Cold War alliance that has frayed since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks amid recriminations between Washington and Islamabad.
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“If the Justice Department declines to file spying charges, as several officials said they expected”
If they don’t file charges against her then Hitlery gets a pass; i.e., “See, no big deal, even little guys aren’t prosecuted over this” and opposed to “Heck they prosecuted a little person for the same charges against Hitlery and Hitlery wasn’t prosecuted.”
The jokes write themselves don’t they?
The jokes write themselves don’t they?
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Hillary wouldn’t do anything like that.
“...for the far less serious charge of keeping classified information in her home.”
So now taking classified material is sort of like stealing office supplies, everyone does it, so no big deal.
We are certainly living in an insane world.
Not only do they write themselves but then we elect them to high public office.
Maybe Ms. Raphel can call Hillary as a character witness.
This is a CRIME? Paging Hillary!
With the NYT defending her, it’s a cinch she’s guilty as sin.
They haven’t gotten over the Rosenbergs yet.
“Justice Department to decide whether to prosecute Ms. Raphel for the far less serious charge of keeping classified information in her home”
As long as Obama doesn’t prosecute Hillary for the same crime, he’ll never again be able to prosecute anyone for keeping classified information at home or using private email for transmitting classified information: it would raise too many questions as to why others are being prosecuted for the same crimes Hillary committed but wasn’t prosecuted for.
This was the gal who advised Afghan general Massoud to surrender to the Taliban in the 90s. He was the guy who led the Northern Alliance and who was assassinated by alQaeda on Sept 9 just a couple days before alqaeda destroyed the Twin Towers
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