I understand that "shahid" means "witness" or "martyr" but maybe this is a different meaning than the one associated with his name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahid
FYI, there are many reasons I am interested in this case:
* Proximity to Congress as a staffer
* Focus by Q, George Webb, Luke Rosiak
* Debbie Wassermann Schultz threatening the Capitol Chief of Police
In fact I remember during the 2016 campaign season that there was a lot of focus on Awan, and then it sort of died down. Did a Periscope on it at one point, basically to say that the case needed much more attention than it was getting.
Oh this is interesting. Wikipedia again.
"In July 2017, Awan was arrested on federal bank fraud charges. During an 18-month investigation into alleged misconduct involving congressional computer equipment, he was subject to conspiracy theories involving espionage."
"On July 3, 2018, federal prosecutors concluded their investigation, 'publicly debunking allegations' that Awan 'was a Pakistani operative who stole government secrets with cover from House Democrats'."
"On July 3, 2018, Awan pleaded guilty to having made a false representation on a home equity line of credit application. On August 21, 2018, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan sentenced Awan to time served and three months of supervision."
Let's go to the original sources (1-5 on this Wikipedia entry.)
#1 - Sept. 4, 2009, from Dawn, "Pakistan's oldest, leading and most widely read English-language newspaper and is the country's newspaper of record."
Headline: "Influential expat shields father from long arm of law"
Well I guess the paper of record in Pakistan is run by conspiracy theorists.
"FAISALABAD, Sept 3"
"A US national of Pakistan origin, who is serving in the White House in Washington DC, has been able to get Rs55 million fraud cases against his father put on back burner allegedly by exerting pressure on the local police through the ministry as well as the department concerned."
"The police are rather harassing the complainants and implicating them in what they claim 'frivolous' cases.
"The efficiencies of the police in complying with the desires of the US national are also noteworthy."
"About a dozen farmers...all aged between 57 and 70 — have given up hope of justice after they sold their agricultural lands to Ashraf Awan...father of White House employee Shahid Imran."
"Mohammad Abid, a victim of Awan's alleged high-profile swindling, said that Awan's son had easy access to the corridors of power and that's why he was able to pressurise the police to dance to his tunes."
Next story: July 3, 2018 - The Washington Post.
"Ex-congressional IT staffer reaches plea deal that debunks conspiracy theories about illegal information access".
Notice how The Washington Post uses a close-up of Mr. Awan to make him sympathetic to the audience.
"Federal prosecutors concluded an 18-mo. investigation into a former congressional tech staffer...by publicly debunking allegations — promoted by conservative media & @POTUS — suggesting he was a Pakistani operative who stole government secrets with cover from House Democrats."
"'The Government has uncovered no evidence that your client violated federal law with respect to the House computer systems,' including stealing equipment or illegally accessing or transferring information, prosecutors wrote in an 11-page plea agreement."
What do you do when the prosecutors' behavior is questionable?
Luke Rosiak for the Daily Caller: "DOJ Refuses To Release Records On Imran Awan, Citing 'Technical Difficulties' And A Secret Case, Court Docs Show"
"Judicial Watch sued the DOJ for records about former Democratic cybersecurity aide Imran Awan in order to square evidence of wrongdoing with prosecutors' decision not to charge malpractices on Capitol Hill."
"The DOJ said it could not produce records under FOIA because of 'technical difficulties,' then said it was actually because of a secret case it had not wanted to mention, according to a court filing."
"a judge appears to have erased information about Awan's wife Tina Alvi from the record, despite the DOJ itself opposing such a move as highly unusual."
So it's the DOJ and the judge.
"The DOJ later changed its story and said it was actually withholding documents 'pursuant to an Order issued by the Honorable Tanya S. Chutkan who is presiding over a related sealed criminal matter.'"
"large body of evidence of suspicious behavior..."
"alleged threats against witnesses,
connections to foreign officials,
false House ethics disclosures,
severe cybersecurity violations...
disappearing computer equipment,
& bullying of the Capitol Police by Dem FL Rep. DWS for examining evidence in the case."
Remember that Seth Rich was murdered after the DNC leak.
"For months, conservative news outlets have built a case against Imran Awan, his wife, two brothers and a friend, piece by piece."
"To hear some...tell it, w/ the help of his family and a cushy job on Capitol Hill, Mr. Awan, a Pakistani-American, had managed to steal computer hardware, congressional data and even— just maybe —a trove of internal DNC emails that eventually surfaced last summer on WikiLeaks."
"The Daily Caller, with almost two dozen articles on the family, has led the pack in reporting the story"
I tried to verify that President Trump retweeted that - either from @realDonaldTrump or @POTUS - but could not do so.
But common sense tells you this.
The Democrats politicized ordinary garden-variety spying - e.g. that Russia tried to influence our election - just like all the donors to the Clinton Foundation no doubt did. This is the reason we need severe reform - direct/indirect lobbying.
But they totally whitewashed the fact that a Pakistani national had such deep access to our government's emails, it's frightening. Again, I would have thought that if we provided such access to anyone, that they would be watched all the time, and significant background done.
Regarding Awan's interception, Geraldo Rivera reportedly said: "Here's the corrupt I.T. guy standing at the shoulder of DWS, arrested at the airport trying to flee. He has all of the passcodes. He has the passwords. He has all of the information."
citing Fox News appearance
(video no longer available; account "terminated")
Also the Times: "George Webb, a prolific right-wing YouTube conspiracy theorist, suggested in February that the men were Pakistani spies given access to sensitive government information by Democrats who backed them."
This part shocked me...
Hannity reportedly said: "This is my theory: Maybe DWS didn't want to be exposed because she knows she colluded against Bernie Sanders. She knows the primary was rigged."
To which Awan's lawyer retorted:
"He didn't even have a security clearance"
This was to the Times.
Awan's lawyer suggested that the fanfare was Islamophobia in action.
"says the more explosive accusations are the product of an anti-Muslim, right-wing smear job targeting his client and his client's family."
I just want to stop here for a second and clarify where people's minds were.
Awan worked for the Dems in the House of Representatives. DWS defended him/kept him employed.