Stratfor “Source” James Casey Leaves FBI
One of the “sources” that Stratfor chief Fred Burton queried for information about Wikileaks was “a senior FBI Hqs agent and former DSS agent” with the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
They were evidently quite close. In October of 2007 Burton sent along Stratfor’s Terrorism Intelligence Report for review by email@example.com, and this was the reply forwarded to other Stratfor employees:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2007 4:43 PM
Subject: Re: Terrorism Intelligence Report – Security Contractors in Iraq:
Tactical — and Practical — Considerations
Good Stuff Fred! I can just picture you and I strapping on a big ‘ol one
and leading a Blackwater team into a dangerous motorcade! OK, so maybe
the most dangerous thing we do is cut in line at Starbucks. We’re
too old (and smart) for this other shit. Jim
In October 2010, firstname.lastname@example.org sent an email to Burton on the announcement that the Pentagon was anticipating a “massive Iraq war leak”:
From: James Casey
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 14:39:34 -0400
Subject: Re: WikiLeaks plans ‘major’ announcement within hours as Pentagon
braces for massive Iraq war leak
This is why………..even though the FBI is always the first to be
criticized for not playing nice-nice in the sandbox………….the
concept of “widely sharing of information” is not always a great idea.
For a number of years I have used the very example of “a slick sleeved
private, siting in a tent in Baghdad, looking at thousands of classified
reports on SIPRNET”, as a bad way to business. Even I didn’t think that
was going to be the exact scenario that has played out with this WikiLeaks
fiasco. Maybe everybody at the DNI and DHS who have been pimping the
“share by rule, withhold by exception,” concept for the last nine years
will change their tune a little, and acknowledge that “need to know” is
still a valuable idea.
Sounds exactly like the defense being pursued by Bradley Manning’s attorneys at the moment.
Burton considered email@example.com a source, probing him for inside information. On 11-27-2010, Burton sent an email with the subject line “Wikileaks”:
Jim: How bad will the next round be? Got any idea?
Burton clearly felt firstname.lastname@example.org was his own little Wikileaks window into the DoJ. So on 1-26-2011 when Burton sent an email to email@example.com saying he had intelligence that the DoJ had a “sealed indictment” on Assange, you have to wonder where it came from.
Now I’m thinking, might as well put the email address “firstname.lastname@example.org” through a search and see what comes up. Lo and behold, there’s only one non-Stratfor related hit: a Collier County, Florida bid solicitation for “Security Consultant,” starting on January 26, 2012 and ending on February 1, 2012:
James M. Casey, LLC
1370 Fryston Street
Jacksonville, FL 32259
What is James M. Casey, LLC? Glad you asked. Because the Florida Times-Union has an article dated yesterday that tells us 25 year FBI veteran James Casey is retiring from the FBI that very day to start his own business: James M. Casey, LLC:
After 25 years of service in the FBI and four as the special agent in charge of the Jacksonville Division, James Casey is leaving to start his own business — in investigations.
The 53-year-old Casey steps down from running the Jacksonville operation today. On Thursday, he begins his new gig in the private sector running James M. Casey, LLC, Intelligence/Diligence/Risk, a firm designed to look into corporate and government programs that could involve white collar crime and compliance issues.
Casey acknowledged he’ll be a one-man operation at his office that will be located in the EverBank Building, 501 Riverside Ave., in Jacksonville. But he will work with several contractors and specialize in security and investigative services.
Casey leaves a career in law enforcement that included details in 2004 and 2005 with the National Security Council in Washington, where he served under Condoleezza Rice when she was National Security Advisor.
Casey said he’s proud of his government work but he’s looking forward to the civilian enterprise.
Just in case you were wondering who at the FBI was leaking to Stratfor, the dots are all connected for you: Nobody. Because James Casey is gone from the FBI. Retired. Poof! Worried that they gave him the boot because he was singing like a canary to Stratfor, and they didn’t want to launch an internal leak investigation? Well there’s a Florida county government site that lists Casey as a bidder on a contract that ended a month ago.
No doubt it’s just another coincidence that Wikileaks says it released the first Stratfor email with Burton citing his DoJ intel on Assange on January 29. (Note on 3/2: trying to confirm if this is a Wikileaks typo or if it was released and embargoed on 1/29 – jh).
And I’m sure the appearance of the Times-Union article only two days after the big Stratfor email dump is yet another coincidence. It will certainly be a Reader’s Digest “was my face red!” moment when reporter Drew Dixson finds out that the subject of his puff piece was the FBI agent sending emails to Stratfor about Wikileaks who was all over the news — and he missed it!
Moral of the story: Bradley Manning gets charged with “aiding the enemy” for potentially leaking information that was available on the SIPRNET to hundreds of thousands of people. This guy gets a gold watch and no investigation for potentially leaking the existence of a sealed DoJ indictment of Julian Assange that I imagine almost nobody knew about.
If I were Bradley Manning’s lawyer I’d be putting James M. Casey, LLC on my witness list pronto. He seems to be the chatty type.