Saturday, April 13, 2019

But Don't You Dare Call It Spying!

Note from Jackson Cosko entered as evidence in court.
(U.S. District Court)
Second Hassan Staffer Allegedly Helped Aide Steal Massive Amounts Of Senate Data
A second former aide to Sen. Maggie Hassan is implicated in former IT staffer Jackson Cosko’s massive data-theft scheme that was ultimately used to “intimidate” Republican senators by “doxxing” them during a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, prosecutors said.

Samantha G. DeForest-Davis, at the time a staff assistant to Hassan, was the aide who allegedly helped Cosko conduct his scheme, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Court records show a case naming her has been opened, and the source confirmed it relates to her alleged role in the data theft.
Note found in Jackson Cosko’s apartment

She filed an affidavit that can be used to assess her eligibility for a public defender, but she has not been charged with any crimes, court records show.

Cosko pleaded guilty April 5 to masterminding what prosecutors said was “an extraordinarily extensive data-theft scheme, copying entire network drives, sorting and organizing sensitive data, and exploring ways to use that data to his benefit.” He admitted to stealing tens of thousands of documents and emails from Hassan’s office, in addition to credit card information and Social Security numbers belonging to Senate employees.

The data also included a master list of senators’ private information that Cosko posted to Wikipedia out of “anger” at Republicans during the Supreme Court nomination hearings, prosecutors said.
There's no evidence that Sen. Hassan colluded with her aides to steal the Republicans personal information, and use it to threaten them into taking a political action desired by the Democrats, but then, there's no evidence she didn't. We need a Special Counsel to investigate these crimes.

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