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(US Atty) Pat Fitzgerald Boots One (accidentally releases names of sources in fraud case
The Smoking Gun ^ | 1-7-09

Posted on 01/07/2009 4:21:31 PM PST by STARWISE

In a remarkable screw-up, a Department of Justice official today accidentally distributed to the media a document containing the names of nearly 20 confidential witnesses interviewed during a federal probe targeting the operators of a fraudulent investment scheme.

In announcing felony charges against two men for their roles in an alleged $15 million Ponziesque swindle, the spokesman for Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (he of Rod Blagojevich- and Scooter Libby-prosecuting fame) e-mailed reporters a 62-page U.S. District Court complaint filed against John Walsh and Charles Martin, principals of the now-defunct One World Capital Group.

Included in the document was a one-page key that identified by name sources referred to in the complaint only by monikers such as "Employee A," "Customer D," or "Individual F."

The inadvertent disclosure of the sources--former One World employees, customers, and "other" individuals who spoke with FBI and IRS agents--caused Fitzgerald spokesman Randall Samborn to send an urgent follow-up email asking journalists to destroy the complaint due to the "non-public information disclosing the identities of persons not named in the affidavit."

A copy of the source key, which we've strategically blurred, can be found here.

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


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: achillwind; blago; blagojevich; charlesgmartin; doj; donutwatch; fitzgerald; fitzmas; johnewalsh; nifongism; obama; obamatransitionfile; oneworldcapital; policestate; shadowgovernment; sitdownandshutup; whistleblowers
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OOOooops! Think maybe he doesn't have Blago all that well stitched up either? I have a feeling Blago somehow remains standing, when it's all said and done.

1 posted on 01/07/2009 4:21:32 PM PST by STARWISE
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To: STARWISE

The low opinion I already had of Fitzgerald (and all political hack US Attorney’s) just went a little lower.


2 posted on 01/07/2009 4:25:39 PM PST by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: hoosiermama

PING!


3 posted on 01/07/2009 4:26:10 PM PST by AmericanGirlRising (Buying carbon credits will not get me into Heaven. I am second - http://iamsecond.com/#/home/)
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To: STARWISE

Wow this thing gets crazier by the day!


4 posted on 01/07/2009 4:26:32 PM PST by Dengar01
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To: STARWISE

That’s just SOP for Fitzgerald and Spitzer. They try their cases in the media.

The way Spitzer destroyed the Strong Capital was disgusting.

http://www.doj.state.wi.us/news/2004/nr051904_CP.asp

And what Fitzgerald did to Libby was just plain disgusting.


5 posted on 01/07/2009 4:26:32 PM PST by chickadee
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To: STARWISE

Obviously intentionally done; as directed by the Chicago Mafia Machine in defence of The Messiah....IMHO


6 posted on 01/07/2009 4:27:26 PM PST by traditional1 ("The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery")
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To: STARWISE

He is trying to sabotage the case in order to cover for B.O.


7 posted on 01/07/2009 4:28:27 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

That was my first reaction....but maybe as a result of GREAT pressure being put on him.


8 posted on 01/07/2009 4:31:10 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: STARWISE

What’s the deal with blurring the names? It this not the smoking gun?!


9 posted on 01/07/2009 4:31:41 PM PST by maggief
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To: STARWISE

Fitz just talks too much.

A prosecutor should never be a cheerleader against his targets in the press. It looks like it’s biting him on the ass right now. When you talk too much, eventually you are going to say something you wish you hadn’t.

I hope no one’s life in in danger because of this PR screw up!


10 posted on 01/07/2009 4:33:05 PM PST by KoRn
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To: STARWISE

So when is he getting fired?


11 posted on 01/07/2009 4:34:49 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: KeyLargo

I think that’s what has been going on, right from the start.


12 posted on 01/07/2009 4:35:35 PM PST by CMailBag
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To: traditional1

Are this company’s executives connected to Obama ?

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“Federal prosecutors say two executives of a foreign-currency trading firm have been arrested on charges they operated a Ponzi-like scheme that cost customers $15 million.

Charles G. Martin, 43, of Malibu was arrested Tuesday in the Los Angeles area, and 60-year-old John Walsh was arrested early Wednesday in Lake Forest, Ill.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago is prosecuting the case, but Los Angeles U.S. attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek says Martin was to make a court appearance in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon. Walsh was to appear in a Chicago court.”

http://www.examiner.com/a-1781111~2_men_arrested_in_alleged_fraud_scheme.html


13 posted on 01/07/2009 4:36:19 PM PST by STARWISE ((They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: KeyLargo

Why do you say that? This is a dfferent case from the Blago/Obama pay-to-play investigation.


14 posted on 01/07/2009 4:36:32 PM PST by expatpat
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To: KeyLargo

See my question in #13.


15 posted on 01/07/2009 4:37:03 PM PST by STARWISE ((They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE

There goes that case.


16 posted on 01/07/2009 4:37:26 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: KoRn
I hope no one’s life in in danger because of this PR screw up!

And that fear is probably one reason why the Smoking Gun chose to blur the names.

17 posted on 01/07/2009 4:38:17 PM PST by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: KeyLargo

I think you may be right. That “screw-up” is a bit too “remarkable” to be unintentional, IMO.


18 posted on 01/07/2009 4:39:41 PM PST by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: traditional1

“Obviously intentionally done”
Agreed. There are no accidents at that level.


19 posted on 01/07/2009 4:42:05 PM PST by SisterK (pop culture is the opiate of the people)
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To: driftdiver

When is he going to jail?
Isn’t this like what he went after Libby for?


20 posted on 01/07/2009 4:53:17 PM PST by Stark_GOP
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To: SisterK

I beg to differ. Anyone (or anyone’s secretary) can carelessly forget to remove a page from a mass mail package.


21 posted on 01/07/2009 4:57:09 PM PST by dinoparty
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To: STARWISE
My guess is that Fitz intentionally screws up this case, in order to give Obama cover for dismissing him on Jan 20. Obama can use this mistake as justification, while all the while shutting down the REAL case at the same time.

-PJ

22 posted on 01/07/2009 4:58:03 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (You can never overestimate the Democrats' ability to overplay their hand.)
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To: Stark_GOP

“Isn’t this like what he went after Libby for?”

I dunno, he knew Libby was innocent before he started going after Libby. The guy should be in jail.


23 posted on 01/07/2009 5:00:18 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: mgstarr

Fitzy doesn’t do anything accidently.

Blago will go unscathed, ergo so will the rest of the perps
associated in this corruption, and as with everything else about the left’s corruption, the people will never get the truth.
For sure the in the º tank media won’t investigate.


24 posted on 01/07/2009 5:02:01 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (Welcome to Obama's America... Be afraid, be very afraid)
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To: driftdiver
So when is he getting fired?

Fired, hell. He just earned himself a nice cozy spot in the new administration.

25 posted on 01/07/2009 5:02:46 PM PST by glock rocks (Well, it sounded like a good idea at the time...)
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To: maggief

Wonder if Ponzi Penny’s name is on there somewhere? If the press is keeping silent, you can bet that some of Obama’s donors, staff and/or appointments are in the list.


26 posted on 01/07/2009 5:13:15 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

[somewhere in the Daley machine] “Quick! We need a scapegoat!”


27 posted on 01/07/2009 5:17:23 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/___________First 2009 Profile update Tuesday, January 6, 2009)
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To: dinoparty

This work would seem to sensitive to be sloppy.


28 posted on 01/07/2009 5:23:03 PM PST by SisterK (pop culture is the opiate of the people)
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To: STARWISE

Doesn’t fritz have a few different charges going against blago ?


29 posted on 01/07/2009 5:23:08 PM PST by Deetes (God Bless the Troops)
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To: mgstarr
Fitzgerald was dogging it on the Plame case for a variety of reasons, but the result was that he ended up prosecuting an elderly Jewish Conservative and let the criminals go free.

Compounding that stupidity, Fitzgerald has been dogging it on the Blagojevitch case, and has done such a poor job here that Blago is still in office and has actually taken the opportunity to sign bills into law, authorize public expenditures, and appoint a new US Senator to replace Obama.

The man and his staff are peculiarly incompetent ~ not just "incompetent", and not just "more incompetent", but peculiarly so.

I would imagine he and his RINO friends had visions of him becoming a major nominee for something someday.

Let's hope he retires to private practice.

30 posted on 01/07/2009 5:27:44 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: STARWISE

Nothing like job security.


31 posted on 01/07/2009 5:36:51 PM PST by jarofants
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To: STARWISE

“One World Capital Group” sounds like a globalist something or other....here’s some more on the civil suit that the criminal stuff probably came from.......possibly a conduit to Chicago for o’momma’s foreign funding? (links to more doc’s at the bottom:

Case Status Report: One World Capital Group

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. One World Capital Group, et al., Case Number 07-CV-7002; Filed in the Northern District of Illinois before Judge Lefkow
http://www.cftc.gov/customerprotection/casestatusreports/OneWorldCapitalGroup/index.htm


32 posted on 01/07/2009 5:37:57 PM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68 (CALL CONGRESSCRITTERS TOLL-FREE @ 1-800-965-4701)
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To: STARWISE

Hey, is revealing the secret identities of 20 confidential witnesses in a highly sensitive investigation so much better than Richard Armitage referring to “Harriet the Spy” Valerie Plame while talking to a WaPo reporter?

Since Fitzgerald thought it appropriate to try to ruin the lives of everyone in WH over Plamegate (when he knew that no one in the WH was actually responsible), I wonder how many lives should be ruined in the US Attorney’s office over this fiasco?


33 posted on 01/07/2009 5:53:28 PM PST by Enchante (Bernie Madoff Learned His Ponzi-Investment Strategy from our Social Security System!!)
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To: mgstarr
The low opinion I already had of Fitzgerald (and all political hack US Attorney’s) just went a little lower.

That!
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34 posted on 01/07/2009 6:39:32 PM PST by vox_freedom ("If God be for us, who is against us?" -- Romans 8:31)
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To: penelopesire

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i2t34qNnq_O384mqlTUUJTNv_YtwD95IMCC80

Charles G. Martin, 43, of Glencoe, Ill., and Malibu, Calif., was arrested Tuesday night in the Los Angeles area, and John E. Walsh, 60, of Lake Forest was picked up Wednesday morning on a criminal complaint charging them with wire fraud.

A court order closed their One World Capital Group LLC in December 2007 and froze its last $636,815 of assets. The two men operated a “Ponzi-like” scheme diverting money out of customer accounts and into their pockets, prosecutors said.

The criminal complaint was filed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.

One World was formed in 2005 and had offices in Winnetka and New York, prosecutors said. Martin and Walsh misled customers and federal regulators to conceal the fact that they siphoned off money customers thought was being used for currency trades.

Credit card and bank records show Martin spent more than $1 million at a strip club and restaurants, nearly $1 million at hotels and $1 million renting private jets, prosecutors said. He also purchased a fleet of luxury vehicles, donated hundreds of thousands to celebrity charity events and hired bodyguards, they said.

Walsh allegedly used his One World credit card to charge personal expenses including $140,000 worth of jewelry.

Bank records also show the two men dipped into company funds to finance an unreleased movie, “Order of Redemption,” for which Martin was listed as a contributing producer, according to an affidavit attached to the criminal complaint. It said they sank $569,000 into the movie.


35 posted on 01/07/2009 6:43:58 PM PST by maggief
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To: STARWISE

Is there a non-blurred copy of page 2 anywhere?


36 posted on 01/07/2009 6:47:11 PM PST by Grig
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To: Political Junkie Too
My guess is that Fitz intentionally screws up this case, in order to give Obama cover for dismissing him on Jan 20.

Had you read the article, you would know that this case has absolutely nothing to do with Obama, Blago or any of their confederates.

37 posted on 01/07/2009 6:48:36 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Grig

I’m sure it’s purposely blurred to protect identities obviously. No sane prosecutor releases the names of “nearly 20 confidential witnesses,” but then there’s Fitzie .....


38 posted on 01/07/2009 6:56:48 PM PST by STARWISE ((They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: muawiyah

Good word ... peculiarly. I’ve called him quirky, tunnel-visioned and unpredictable. There’s something just not completely right there.


39 posted on 01/07/2009 6:58:38 PM PST by STARWISE ((They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: okie01; Political Junkie Too

Outside of the links to Obama’s and Blago’s foreign “investment” group! (foreign donor base), it has nothing to do with anything ~ it’s just out and out INCOMPETENCE of the most peculiar kind.


40 posted on 01/07/2009 7:02:05 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: STARWISE

Yeah, but after opening Pandora’s box like that I would be surprised if nobody snuck a clean copy onto the net somehow.


41 posted on 01/07/2009 7:04:46 PM PST by Grig
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To: mgstarr

I could only add that Blago may have MORE power in Chicago than Fritzgerald. Which is more scarier? Blago doesn’t seem intimitated by the Federal Prosecurtor. Again, which is the MORE scarier scenario?


42 posted on 01/07/2009 7:08:21 PM PST by Alissa
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To: maggief; penelopesire; BulletBobCo; seekthetruth; Kevmo; gunnyg; television is just wrong; ...
Winnetka is an upscale bedroom community of Chicago. They gave the max for 2007 to the O-man.


Charles Martin » IL » Winnetka

Contributor Candidate or PAC Amount Date FEC Filing
Martin, Charles
Winnetka, IL 60093
One World Capital Group/Finance
OBAMA, BARACK (D)
President
OBAMA FOR AMERICA
$2,300
primary
04/20/07
Martin, Charles G. Mr.
Winnetka, IL 60093
Martin-Walsh Management/President

NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE (R)
$1,000
primary
09/25/06
Martin, Charles G. Mr.
Winnetka, IL 60093
Martin-Walsh Management/President

NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE (R)
$1,000
primary
08/18/06
Martin, Charles G Mr.
Winnetka, IL 60093
Martin-Walsh Mgmt./President

NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE (R)
$500
primary
01/16/06
Martin, Charles G Mr.
Winnetka, IL 60093
Martin-Walsh Mgmt./President

NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE (R)
$500
primary
12/27/05
Martin, Charles G Mr.
Winnetka, IL 60093
Martin-Walsh Mgmt./President

NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE (R)
$500
primary
12/14/05
Martin, Charles G Mr.
Winnetka, IL 60093
Martin-Walsh Management/President

NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE (R)
$500
primary
11/28/05
Martin, Charles G Mr.
Winnetka, IL 60093
Martin-Walsh Management/Owner

NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE (R)
$1,000
primary
10/06/05
Martin, Charles G Mr.
Winnetka, IL 60093
Martin-walsh Management/President

NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE (R)
$500
primary
09/01/05
Martin, Charles G Mr.
Winnetka, IL 60093
Martin Walsh Management Llc/Preside

NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE (R)
$500
primary
08/31/05

43 posted on 01/07/2009 7:11:38 PM PST by STARWISE ((They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: okie01
Sorry, you missed my point.

I know this isn't the Blago case, but messing up on THIS case gives Obama the plausible deniability to fire Fitzpatrick without claiming that it was because of the Blago case.

Obama can cite "other" cases that had mistakes made.

-PJ

44 posted on 01/07/2009 7:12:42 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (You can never overestimate the Democrats' ability to overplay their hand.)
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To: muawiyah
See my post 44.

-PJ

45 posted on 01/07/2009 7:13:27 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (You can never overestimate the Democrats' ability to overplay their hand.)
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To: Political Junkie Too
Sorry, you missed my point.

I think just about everybody did. Probably because so many people earlier in the thread had made the same mistake I accused you of -- not reading the article.

46 posted on 01/07/2009 7:21:41 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: SisterK

Oh yes this was no accident. Just turned the big 50...I’ll probably be gone when the 2nd revolution is upon us. This country is disgusting.


47 posted on 01/07/2009 7:22:38 PM PST by DAC21
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To: okie01
I could have been clearer.

-PJ

48 posted on 01/07/2009 7:27:01 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (You can never overestimate the Democrats' ability to overplay their hand.)
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To: traditional1
My first reaction as well. You combine this with Fitzidiot deciding to stop the investigation of Blago before he actually accepts money indicates that Fitz was trying to create a non-case, for whatever reason (left/right balance after the Plame fiasco? had to do something because he was ‘informed’?) whose legs would fold under itself as it tried to gain speed.
49 posted on 01/07/2009 7:32:39 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Abortion has become little more than the New Left's execution of political prisoners.)
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To: STARWISE

f’ing douchebag.

This guy is a serious tool and should be an Asst. US Attorney and not making any managerial decisions. This will be the third high profile investigation in which he has either 1) Violated the law or 2) Violated the DOJ guidelines for prosecuting crimes or, more likely, 3) allowed his ego and political considerations to turn the US Attorneys office into a place for score settling.


50 posted on 01/07/2009 7:47:11 PM PST by bpjam (GOP is 3 - 0 in elections after Nov 4th. You Can Smell the Rally !!!)
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