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Now, some members of Congress want an investigation. "The [Team Themis] techniques may have been developed at US government expense to target terrorists and other security threats," said a letter signed by the representatives. signed by the representatives.
"The e-mails indicate that these defense contractors planned to mine social network sites for information on Chamber critics; planned to plant 'false doc.u.ments' and 'fake insider personas' that would be used to discredit the groups; and discussed the use of malicious and intrusive software ('malware') to steal private information from the groups and disrupt their internal electronic communications."
Did anything illegal happen? The letter suggests that forgery, wire fraud, and computer fraud might have taken place and that Congress should investigate the ways that private contractors turn their military contracting experience on private targets.
Going after the lawyers Hunton & Williams, the middleman law firm in all this (and the middleman between a major US bank and Team Themis' similar plan to take down WikiLeaks), has steadfastly refused to comment on the whole story. But it too may find itself in trouble after a professional conduct complaint (PDF) was lodged against it last week in Washington, DC. (PDF) was lodged against it last week in Washington, DC.
The complaint was filed by Stop the Chamber and Velvet Revolution, two of the groups targeted for the potential Chamber of Commerce campaign. It accuses the three Hunton & Williams lawyers named in the HBGary Federal e-mails of "an extended pattern of unethical behavior that included likely criminal conduct."
Specifically, they solicited, conspired with and counseled three of its investigative private security firms to engage in domestic spying, fraud, forgery, extortion, cyber stalking, defamation, hara.s.sment, destruction of property, spear phishing, destruction of property, ident.i.ty theft, computer sc.r.a.ping, cyber attacks, interference with business, civil rights violations, hara.s.sment, and theft.
Most of this alleged bad behavior was done, of course, by Team Themis and not by Hunton & Williams. Still, they reviewed (and appear to have had no problems with) the material. As the complaint puts it, "none of the H&W lawyers ever expressed any reservation or doubt about the unethical conduct proposed and committed by their investigators. In fact, they actively solicited and approved everything that was proposed and presented."
The complaint asks the DC Board of Professional Responsibility to strip all three Hunton & Williams lawyers of their licenses.
Credits ePub authoring by Dave Girard, www.can-con.ca. Graphics throughout by Aurich Lawson, www.aurichlawson.com.
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