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Thu Jul 12, 2018, 01:46 PM

Border Agent Who Questioned Reporter Is Investigated for Computer Misuse

Source: The New York Times



By Scott Shane and Ron Nixon
July 12, 2018

A Border Patrol agent who obtained the confidential travel records of a Washington journalist and used them to press her about her sources last year is under investigation for misuse of government computer systems, according to an official briefed on the inquiry.

The agent, Jeffrey A. Rambo, who usually worked in the San Diego area, was temporarily assigned at the time to the National Targeting Center, a facility in Sterling, Va., operated by Customs and Border Protection that stores data on the travel of millions of Americans and foreigners. Such information is supposed to be used only under strict rules by immigration and law enforcement officials.

Now the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general and investigators from the border agency are examining whether Mr. Rambo used the travel data improperly or illegally and whether anyone else was involved. Press advocates have expressed alarm that a government official would use sensitive private information in what they say amounted to a blackmail attempt against a journalist.

On June 1, 2017, Mr. Rambo, 33, contacted Ali Watkins, a reporter for Politico at the time who now works at The New York Times, saying that he needed to meet her in Washington immediately. He told Ms. Watkins that he worked for the government but declined to give his name or agency.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/12/business/jeffrey-rambo-james-wolfe-leaks.html

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Reply Border Agent Who Questioned Reporter Is Investigated for Computer Misuse (Original post)
DonViejo Jul 2018 OP
TeamPooka Jul 2018 #1
uponit7771 Jul 2018 #8
Bernardo de La Paz Jul 2018 #2
pecosbob Jul 2018 #3
red dog 1 Jul 2018 #4
Bernardo de La Paz Jul 2018 #5
pecosbob Jul 2018 #7
dhill926 Jul 2018 #6

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 01:52 PM

1. just the kind of failed loser who loves trump.

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 13, 2018, 04:29 AM

8. +1

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 02:06 PM

2. Rambo thinks he is The Rambo. . . . nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 02:16 PM

3. Charges should be filed for violating the reporter's civil rights

government abuse of surveillance capabilities is rampant and should be investigated and curtailed.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 02:42 PM

4. K&R

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 03:13 PM

5. Who directed him? A little hard to believe he took it on himself to do it. . . . nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 04:30 PM

7. One would tend to agree...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 03:22 PM

6. seriously....Jeffrey Rambo....

jesus what weird times....

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