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Spying Case Against U.S. Envoy Is Falling Apart, and Following a Pattern[Robin Raphel]
The New York Times ^ | 10 Oct 2015 | MATT APUZZO, MARK MAZZETTI and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT

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 America’s 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. Raphel’s reputation, built over decades in some of the world’s 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 America’s tempestuous relationship with Pakistan, a strong Cold War alliance that has frayed since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks amid recriminations between Washington and Islamabad.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: 20010909; 20010911; 201510; 911; classified; clinton; fbi; gazprom; hillaryclinton; pakistan; robinlraphel; robinraphel; spying; unocal

1 posted on 10/11/2015 11:18:39 AM PDT by Theoria
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To: Theoria

'leaving the Justice Department to decide whether to prosecute Ms. Raphel for the far less serious charge of keeping classified information in her home.'


2 posted on 10/11/2015 11:20:32 AM PDT by Theoria (I should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive)
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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.”


3 posted on 10/11/2015 11:22:28 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Theoria

The jokes write themselves don’t they?


4 posted on 10/11/2015 11:22:42 AM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: Theoria

The jokes write themselves don’t they?


5 posted on 10/11/2015 11:23:13 AM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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6 posted on 10/11/2015 11:23:22 AM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Theoria

Hillary wouldn’t do anything like that.


7 posted on 10/11/2015 11:25:37 AM PDT by MarvinStinson
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“...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.


8 posted on 10/11/2015 11:28:34 AM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (Nothing to add at the moment)
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'In discussions with prosecutors, according to several government officials, Ms. Raphel and her lawyer have cited the Petraeus case as the vital precedent. If passing secrets — including notes on war strategy and the names of covert officers, which Mr. Petraeus shared — and lying about it amount to a misdemeanor, then, Ms. Raphel says, she should not face any charges.'


9 posted on 10/11/2015 11:28:49 AM PDT by Theoria (I should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive)
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Anna Chapman she's not.


10 posted on 10/11/2015 11:29:28 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Mmogamer
The jokes write themselves don’t they?

Not only do they write themselves but then we elect them to high public office.

11 posted on 10/11/2015 11:30:52 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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Maybe Ms. Raphel can call Hillary as a character witness.


12 posted on 10/11/2015 11:34:26 AM PDT by moovova
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to decide whether to prosecute Ms. Raphel for the far less serious charge of keeping classified information in her home.

This is a CRIME? Paging Hillary!

13 posted on 10/11/2015 11:38:56 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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With the NYT defending her, it’s a cinch she’s guilty as sin.


14 posted on 10/11/2015 11:42:59 AM PDT by keat
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They haven’t gotten over the Rosenbergs yet.


15 posted on 10/11/2015 11:44:43 AM PDT by keat
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To: Theoria

“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.


16 posted on 10/11/2015 12:31:46 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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17 posted on 10/11/2015 1:23:03 PM PDT by RedMDer (Support Free Republic and Keep FReedom ALIVE!)
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To: Theoria

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


18 posted on 11/20/2019 11:39:05 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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