Phishing Expedition Saturday

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In late January, George Papadopoulos did what a lot of Americans do when FBI agents ask for a few minutes of their time — he agreed to talk. It’s a decision he likely regrets, because in October the former adviser to President Donald Trump’s election campaign pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI. He is now a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The court files in the Papadopoulos case say little about the conditions of his chat with the two FBI agents. We don’t know how long it lasted, where in Chicago it took place, what its tenor was, or whether Papadopoulos was aware the agents probably knew the answers to most questions they asked. One thing, though, is clear: Papadopoulos engaged in a form of self-harming behavior that defense lawyers always advise against — saying “yes” when a pair of friendly FBI agents knock on your door and ask to chat.

His interrogation was recorded but the transcript has not been released, so it’s impossible to know precisely what the FBI agents might have said that gave Papadopoulos the impression it would be in his interests to talk and to lie. But in another high-profile case, involving former NSA contractor Reality Winner, the government released a transcript of the interrogation. It provides a verbatim example — and a rare example — of how FBI agents ingratiate themselves with unsuspecting suspects and intimidate them into saying things that bring doom upon them.

@ TI

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10 Responses to Phishing Expedition Saturday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    My two times talking to FBI agents went well.

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  2. Den says:

    Spot went to the fatted Aphid hunting grounds overnight with his honey tab at his side.

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    • Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

      Oh, no. I’m sad about that.

      I’ll let you know when I start seeing ladybugs in this house. They usually start showing up in January/February.

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  3. Tim Hodges says:

    I had a funny experience with the FBI in 1985 when they were doing my background check. I was being assigned to a nuclear capable missile unit and had to have a top secret security clearance. The officer asked me if I had ever smoked marijuana. I said yes. He nearly leaped across the desk with my ROTC application and demanded why I answered no to the same question on the application. I told him the commander of the ROTC unit told me it was only applicable in the last two years. He said “they’re not supposed to do that!” He thought he had me

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  4. Den says:

    Lizard yoga:

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  5. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    It’s next year. I’ll say Happy New Year to everyone although I’m pretty sure it won’t be all that.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope 2018 is good to all of you.

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