Whistleblower's Attorney: Law Office Break in May Be Political

Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 06:32 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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The mysterious burglary of a Texas law firm representing a whistleblower who says the State Department covered up sex assaults, drug use, and the hiring of prostitutes by its employees may have been masterminded by the government, one of the firm's principal attorneys charges.

"I believe it's a possibility. It's certainly a viable possibility under the facts in this case," lawyer Cary Schulman told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"In 30 years of law enforcement, I've never seen . . . burglary people come back to the scene of the crime."

The break-in occurred last week at the Dallas offices of Schulman & Mathias, which represents Aurelia Fedenisn, a former Office of the Inspector General investigator at the State Department.

Last month, Fedenisn released documents alleging the State Department covered up charges that workers had been involved in sex assaults, drug use, and soliciting underage prostitutes.

In a security-camera video of the break-in, first aired by KDFW-TV, burglars are seen visiting the building where the law office is located several times. They made off with three laptop computers, but left more expensive equipment behind.

"They broke only [into] our office out of the whole building by going through a vacant suite next to us and then punching a hole through into our conference room. [Then] they come back Saturday night . . . [and] within a few minutes they walk out," Schulman said.

"Another gentleman comes back alone at about 3:57 a.m. Sunday morning and he leaves five minutes later. So it's clear to us . . . they obviously didn't get something they wanted previously. And so they're going to have to come back."

Schulman said two of the burglars appear to want to avoid being identified as they face away from the security camera.

"They seem to turn their heads away from the camera as they walk by. Clearly, it appears that somebody else is orchestrating it,'' he said.

"There was one locked file cabinet that they busted into and there was blood left on the file cabinet. So they busted into it and obviously hurt themselves doing it."

Schulman said the burglary is being investigated by the Dallas Police Department for now, but the FBI has also been notified.

"[We] made a complaint to the FBI . . . based upon the fact that we felt that there might be a political motive," he said.

After Fedenisn retired last Dec. 31 last year, the Office of the Investigator General put out an assessment of diplomatic security — one that Schulman charges was whitewashed.

"[They took] out all of the information about higher level officials in the department, basically halting federal investigations, which in our opinion is a felony," he said.

He claimed that Fedenisn has been harassed by law enforcement officials since her leak.

"[They] came to her house to harass her, camp out, get her to sign documents that probably incriminate her … and she hired us at that time," he said.

CBS News, which obtained copies of Fedenisn's documents, has reported they contain allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut sexually assaulted foreign employees working as embassy guards.

Other allegations include a charge that criminals sold drugs to diplomatic security workers at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and members of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's security detail hired prostitutes on official trips.

The State Department has labeled Fedenisn's allegations "unsubstantiated" and denied the dismissed involvement in the break-in.

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