If you are somebody who continues to buy into the narrative of Russia hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s servers you are well within your rights. However, if you have not done some digging into the saga of former DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her compromised IT-man Imran Iwan and considered its importance within the hacking narrative, get on it.
If you have been made aware of the Awan brothers’ role in the DNC and you still believe wholeheartedly that Russia is the only potential culprit in the DNC hacks, you may just be a lost cause.
The evidence against Awan and Wasserman Schultz must be cased within some historical context. Upon Wasserman Schultz’s election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005, she hired Imran Awan to run IT for her. Over the years, Awan would come to work for as many as 30 Democratic senators, gaining access to the information stored on computers and their classified correspondences as a result. He looked out for his people, too, as his brothers Jamal and Abid, his best friend Rao Abbas, another unnamed friend, his brother’s wife, and his own wife Hina Alvi were eventually added to the payrolls of various senators.
The extent of their access, for which it is unclear if they had security clearance, was detailed by Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer:
“(Awan) had massive access to all sorts of databases to include e-mail of other members of Congress, super user access to the system itself, and most importantly the sensitive information being held by the House Foreign Affairs Committee and other committees they had access to.”
It has also been noted that the Awans were of great value to Wasserman Schultz, as they were collectively paid approximately $4 million in taxpayer funds since 2009. And, when it was revealed in February that the Awan brothers and Hina Alvi were under criminal investigation for a number of serious charges, the strangeness truly began.
This massive sum was paid despite fellow IT staffers’ assertions that the Awans rarely showed up to meetings, and went long periods without even being seen in the House’s halls. Clearly, they were more behind-the-scenes, non-traditional IT people, and this unusual status seems to be attributed primarily to their engagement in malevolence.
The investigation was far from frivolous, and the Awans were barred from accessing the House computer network in February:
“The five current and former House staffers are accused of stealing equipment from members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the probe.” (Politico)
It has been reported that, in addition to these charges, the Pakistani-born Awans were siphoning much of this sensitive information to, of all people, the Muslim Brotherhood:
“Then there’s evidence that they dumped off all this information they had access to into a third database, which is now being called a breach,” Lt. Col. Shaffer told Laura Ingraham. “It looks like a foreign intelligence service may be the recipient of all this. Something called the Muslim Brotherhood.” (Daily Caller)
WikiLeaks has also been linked to Awan, with the strong implication that Awan, not Russia, was the likely source of much of the leaked DNC emails. Which explains the Democrats’ continued pushing of the Russia narrative, as it serves as a direct contradiction of the more likely scenario that Awan, who had been handed access to the sensitive emails, was the leaker.
Further evidence pointing to Awan’s guilt includes the discovery of destroyed, government-issued hard drives by a marine who recently began renting Awan’s former property in the D.C. area:
‘One of the new tenants — a Marine Corps veteran married to a female Navy Officer — said he found “wireless routers, hard drives that look like they tried to destroy, laptops, [and] a lot of brand new expensive toner.”
“It was in the garage. They recycled cabinets and lined them along the walls. They left in a huge hurry,” the Marine said. “It looks like government-issued equipment. We turned that stuff over.”’
The Marine said Imran wanted the hard drives back so desperately that he threatened to sue the renter for stealing them.’ (Daily Caller)
Also found by the Capitol Police was a laptop that Awan had access to, which was hidden in a crawlspace in a House office which the Awans had accessed. Wasserman Schultz made waves when she threatened the Capitol Police Chief with “consequences” should the laptop not be returned:
The frightening part of this is that the laptop’s contents have reportedly not been reviewed by the police, and that Wasserman is in the process of “negotiating” its return. This kind of government incompetence, or compliance with the DNC, is perhaps most alarming of all.
In the wake of the investigation’s announcement, Hina Alvi fled to Pakistan:
“In early March, as Jim details, Imran’s wife, Hina Alvi, suddenly left the country for Lahore, by way of Doha, Qatar. Notwithstanding the return flight she booked for a date in September 2017, the FBI believes that she actually has no intention to return to the U.S. She had abruptly pulled the couple’s three daughters out of school without alerting the school’s staff, and brought them with her — along with lots of luggage and household goods — to Pakistan.” (National Review)
Alvi was allowed to leave the country despite being found with an unreported sum of cash greater than the $10,000 limit, which is a felony. It was only two days after her exit that Alvi was removed from Democratic payrolls on which she had remained during the investigation.
This is a common trend in the Awan story. Imran Awan, despite being tied to increasing amounts of evidence, remained on Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s payroll until last Tuesday, when he was arrested at Dulles airport trying to leave the country. Wasserman had previously said that police had not shown her evidence against Imran ( a common practice for investigations, particularly one with strong ties to Wasserman), and therefore she would chalk the investigation up to racial profiling:
“She said police wouldn’t show her evidence against the couple and, without it, she assumed they might be victims of anti-Muslim profiling.” (Daily Caller)
The public statement that it was Awan’s arrest while attempting to flee the United States that caused her to terminate his status as an employee strongly implies that, had he successfully reached Pakistan, he would still be a paid employee of Wasserman Schultz.
The implications are clear: Awan has access to a trove of evidence that could incriminate Wasserman Schultz as a crucial string-puller in the rigging of the DNC nomination in favor of Hillary Clinton. The continued payment of a salary to Awan, and the likely severance sum that Alvi was paid upon her successful exit appears little more than DNC-sanctioned hush money.
The FBI has stated that they don’t believe Alvi has any intention of returning to the United States. That is great news for Wasserman and the DNC, but Imran’s stymied attempt to leave would have been a greater victory.
There are many other details which seem to incriminate Imran Awan, including allegations by his stepmother of illegal wiretapping and $283,000 which Awan wired to Pakistan, apparently through illegal means. But fraud and wiretapping are the least of the allegations being levied against him, and by connection Wasserman Schultz and the DNC.
All signs point to Imran Awan being the primary culprit in the DNC email leaks, and the likelihood that he still has access to sensitive information that could further damage or incriminate Wasserman Schultz, Hillary Clinton, and other members of the party.
But, the media will continue to push the left’s narrative that it was Russia, not a foreign-born man accused of numerous crimes– a man handed a universal key to sensitive DNC information– that is behind the leaks and potentially a player in the DNC’s rigging of the 2016 presidential nomination.
Don’t bite. The Russia narrative has obscured the nation’s vision long enough. Keep your eyes on the true story of collusion between Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC, and Hillary Clinton.