Skip to comments.(US Atty) Pat Fitzgerald Boots One (accidentally releases names of sources in fraud case
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 ...
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.
The low opinion I already had of Fitzgerald (and all political hack US Attorney’s) just went a little lower.
Wow this thing gets crazier by the day!
That’s just SOP for Fitzgerald and Spitzer. They try their cases in the media.
The way Spitzer destroyed the Strong Capital was disgusting.
And what Fitzgerald did to Libby was just plain disgusting.
Obviously intentionally done; as directed by the Chicago Mafia Machine in defence of The Messiah....IMHO
He is trying to sabotage the case in order to cover for B.O.
That was my first reaction....but maybe as a result of GREAT pressure being put on him.
What’s the deal with blurring the names? It this not the smoking gun?!
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!
So when is he getting fired?
I think that’s what has been going on, right from the start.
Are this company’s executives connected to Obama ?
“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.”
Why do you say that? This is a dfferent case from the Blago/Obama pay-to-play investigation.
See my question in #13.
There goes that case.
And that fear is probably one reason why the Smoking Gun chose to blur the names.
I think you may be right. That “screw-up” is a bit too “remarkable” to be unintentional, IMO.
“Obviously intentionally done”
Agreed. There are no accidents at that level.
When is he going to jail?
Isn’t this like what he went after Libby for?
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