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La Oficina Ejecutiva del Departamento de Justicia federal (Usaeo, por sus siglas en inglés) tenía conocimiento de las intenciones de viajar a Rusia del exespecialista en inteligencia de la Fiscalía Federal, Francisco Reyes Caparros, quien demandó a la fiscal Rosa Emilia Rodríguez por alegadas represalias y hostigamiento laboral.

Así consta en un correo electrónico en el que Timothy George, asistente del director de Seguridad y Manejo de Emergencias de la Usaeo, le respondió a la supervisora del demandante, Lisa Western, que no había nada ilegal en que Reyes Caparros efectuara el viaje a países extranjeros, siempre y cuando llenara el formulario “DOJ504” a esos fines.

El documento con fecha del 2 de octubre de 2013, fue presentado en sala por la abogada de Reyes Caparros, Bamily López durante el interrogatorio a Rodríguez Vélez.

A preguntas de López, Rodríguez Vélez indicó que nunca había visto el referido documento. Reyes Caparros no llegó a realizar el viaje.

Rodríguez Vélez relató que el 3 de octubre de 2013, el exdirector del Negociado Federal de Investigaciones en la Isla (FBI), Carlos Cases, la llamó para informarle que dos agentes de contrainteligencia iban a ir a visitarla a su oficina para hablar de un asunto serio.

Los agentes le informaron que Reyes Caparros era objeto de una pesquisa porque había aceptado efectuar un viaje a Rusia, el cual iba a ser sufragado por el Centro Cultural Ruso en Washington, D.C., que estaba en la mirilla del FBI. A esta organización pertenecía el espía, Yury Zaytsev.

> Francisco Reyes Caparros renunció el 3 de febrero de 2015. Este alega que fue humillado por Rosa Emilia Rodríguez y que en una ocasión durante una reunión con todo el personal de la fiscalía federal, le dijo que él no le caía bien a nadie.

La fiscal narró que se quedó sorprendida con la información que le ofrecieron los agentes del FBI.

Posteriormente, Cases le informó que a Reyes Caparros se le había quitado el acceso a información sensitiva y secreta. Indicó que a petición suya Cases le envió por escrito un documento sobre las nuevas restricciones para Reyes Caparros.

Rodríguez Vélez manifestó que para que este pudiera continuar como especialista en inteligencia tenía que tener acceso a información confidencial.

A Reyes Caparros se le asignaron otras tareas como paralegal, en la división de apelaciones, a cargo de las estadísticas de la iniciativa de armas ilegales y en investigaciones de fraude al Seguro Social.

La pesquisa del FBI a Reyes Caparros concluyó el 22 de diciembre de 2015, la misma resultó negativa. Otra investigación estuvo a cargo de la Oficina del Inspector General del Departamento de Justicia federal (OIG). Esta finalizó el 3 de septiembre de 2014 y también resultó negativa.

El 22 de enero de 2015, Reyes Caparros le envió una misiva a Rodríguez Vélez en la que pedía se le restituyera en su puesto.

Rodríguez Vélez dijo que le respondió al demandante que no podía restituirlo porque estaba aún pendiente la pesquisa del FBI.

López mostró la misiva de Rodríguez Vélez al demandante en la que no le indicó que estaba en espera del informe del FBI.

Reyes Caparros renunció el 3 de febrero de 2015. Este alega que fue humillado por Rodríguez Vélez y que en una ocasión durante una reunión con todo el personal de la fiscalía federal, le dijo que él no le caía bien a nadie.

De igual forma, el demandante alega que las represalias en su contra se iniciaron al ser trasladado a otras oficinas tras haber adquirido un chaleco a prueba de balas para la exfiscal Idalia Mestey, que presuntamente había recibido amenazas a consecuencia de una pesquisa que estaba efectuando junto al fiscal José Capó.

Reyes Caparros adquirió dos chalecos, uno para Mestey y otro para Capó, con el consentimiento de Justicia federal. Mestey le había radicado a Rodríguez Vélez una querella en la Comisión para la Igualdad de Oportunidades en el Empleo (EEOC, por sus siglas en inglés).

Rodríguez Vélez admitió que no “estaba feliz” cuando supo de la compra del equipo, ya que le parecía innecesario y ordenó la devolución de los chalecos. No obstante, la oficina no tomó otras medidas de seguridad para Mestey.

La fiscal Rodríguez Vélez rechazó haber discriminado contra el demandante y expresó que no se merecía la querella que este le radicó en la EEOC, previo a la demanda. Expuso que nunca le bajó el salario al demandante.

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Rosa Emilia defends herself in demand for harassment

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The head of the federal prosecutor's office in Puerto Rico, prosecutor Rosa Emilia Rodriguez Velez, defended yesterday in the afternoon the actions taken with former intelligence specialist Francisco J. Reyes Caparrós, who leads a case for having been the object of an alleged pattern of reprisals and harassment in their work environment, while working for the local office of the federal prosecutor.

Rodríguez Vélez was confronted about the disciplinary and restrictive actions taken against Reyes. In at least two incidents, actions carried out by Reyes seemed worthy of sanctions. In others, incidents, however, it was not clear why it was questioned and Rodriguez even stated ignore important issues related to the incidents. In a particular event, related to the intention of the plaintiff to make a trip to Russia that the FBI had associated with possible espionage, prosecutor Rodriguez blamed everything on demands that the FBI had imposed against Reyes.

Rodriguez admitted that he chose Kings to occupy the post of intelligence specialist in the local office of the federal prosecutor's office after seeing his credentials and considered him suitable for the post, which had been vacant for several years, since its creation after the attacks of November 11. September 2001, until 2009, when Reyes occupied it.

I have described that the intelligence specialist works as a liaison with the FBI and other agencies on intelligence and anti-terrorism issues, and that has allowed and access to information of the highest level of security. I have acknowledged that, "Thank God" from 2009 to present his office has not had to carry a single case of terrorism, but said there have been several investigations in this regard.

Rodriguez said that in the case of Puerto Rico, the intelligence specialist also deals with security matters. In fact, Reyes was second in command of office security.

As part of his security duties, Reyes requested bulletproof vests as additional protection for two prosecutors for possible death threats. Rodriguez disapproved the action arguing that such decisions were made as a team and that something like this had not been seen in the office. He clarified that there are other security measures such as providing bodyguards or bodyguards for a while.

Prosecutor Rodriguez added that the threat, raised by ex-prosecutor Idalia Mestey after explosions were heard near her while she was walking her dogs, was not considered credible and it was later determined that they were fireworks. From Washington, nevertheless, they sent the bulletproof vests, one for Mestey that did not receive, and the other for the prosecutor José Capó who came to receive.


Francisco Reyes, plaintiff. ( <a href="mailto:gerald.lopez@gfrmedia.com">gerald.lopez@gfrmedia.com</a> )

Pero a preguntas de la abogada del demandante Bamily López, la jefa de fiscales dijo desconocer que el testigo principal del caso que llevaban Mestey y Capó era un policía que fue asesinado de 16 balazos. Tampoco sabía que la hermana de otra fiscal involucrada en el caso había sido asesinada y se creía que tenía relación con el caso. Ni tenía conocimiento de que los criminales tenían una lista de personas relacionadas con el caso.

“¿Y si no sabía nada de eso, cómo determinaron que la amenaza (reportada por Mestey) no era creíble?”, cuestionó la abogada López.

Rodríguez tampoco pudo dar respuesta a por qué Capó sí había recibido el chaleco y Mestey no. Mestey eventualmente renunció a su trabajo en la fiscalía, luego de someter una querella por discrimen.

Rodríguez dijo que ordenó a Reyes recoger los dos chalecos, pero reconoció que no hizo nada por verificar si se cumplió su directiva.

La abogada le preguntó a Rodríguez sobre la investigación del FBI contra Reyes luego que expresara su interés de participar en un viaje a Rusia con gastos pagos. Por ese suceso, Reyes fue removido de sus funciones por más de un año hasta su eventual renuncia.

Rodríguez explicó que el FBI tuvo sospechas de que agentes rusos, incluyendo una persona que ellos identificaban como espía, usaban estos viajes para atraer a jóvenes profesionales y reclutarlos o chantajearlos luego de hospedarlos en hoteles de lujo y exponerlos a jóvenes prostitutas menores de edad. Agregó que el FBI dijo que había comenzado una investigación y ordenó cerrar la oficina de Reyes, ocupar sus equipos y que evitara el contacto con él.

Reyes recibió la invitación del viaje a Rusia a través de un amigo de la infancia que trabajaba como asesor del entonces gobernador Luis Fortuño, y que estaba casado con la cónsul de Rusia.

Rodríguez insistió en catalogar el interés de Reyes en el viaje como algo “irresponsable y de pobre juicio”, y afirmó que tenía intención de viajar, a pesar que documentos mostrados por la abogada del demandante apuntaban a que Reyes hizo gestiones para pedir permiso. De hecho, una comunicación enviada por el responsable de seguridad en Washington aclaraba que “es perfectamente legal” viajar al extranjero, incluyendo Rusia, siempre que se complete el formulario para tales fines.

Reyes no hizo el viaje a Rusia. Ni siquiera llegó a pedir licencia para hacerlo, pero según Rodríguez fue “porque la oportunidad no se presentó porque había la investigación”.

El asunto fue referido a la Oficina del Inspector General, que determinó poco después que Reyes no había cometido ningún acto criminal, aunque si algunas violaciones de protocolo relacionadas con la política de viajes y el uso de equipo de la oficina para contactar a personas relacionadas con el viaje. La investigación del FBI, en cambio se prolongó por unos dos años, y finalmente tampoco encontró conducta criminal.

Rodríguez afirmó que preguntaba regularmente al FBI sobre la investigación para poder reponer a Reyes en su puesto. Reconoció, no obstante, que nunca pidió una reunión formal con el FBI para atender el tema. Reyes fue asignado a otras labores y terminó trabajando con asuntos relacionados a la oficina del Seguro Social, en otro edificio.

Los abogados de la fiscalía federal, Jason Weida, llevó a la fiscal Rodríguez a recordar un incidente por el que Reyes resultó sancionado.

Se trató de que usó de una foto modificada con Photoshop de un guardia de seguridad con una leyenda considerada de mal gusto y que hacía referencia a una alegada tendencia homosexual. “Se determinó que fue una conducta indebida, inaceptable”, dijo Rodríguez.

Antes del testimonio de Rodríguez, en el final de las declaraciones de María Domínguez, exfiscal ya retirada pero que para el momento de los hechos era la segunda al mando en la oficina local de la fiscalía federal, además del incidente con la foto salió a relucir otro episodio por el que Reyes también fue sancionado.

Este otro suceso estuvo relacionado con un “chisme” que estuvieron averiguando Reyes y la fiscal Carmen Márquez, y que tenía que ver con lo que Domínguez describió como “acusaciones falsas y maliciosas” que le imputaban a dos fiscales un uso cuestionable de un apartamento que ella alquiló durante un periodo de tiempo mientras se desarrollaba un caso de alto perfil en el tribunal federal de San Juan. Por esta situación, Márquez recibió una amonestación que no fue a su expediente, mientras que Reyes recibió una amonestación más severa, como parte de la política de aplicación de disciplina progresiva.

Al cierre de la jornada, Rodríguez defendió el trato dado a Reyes en la fiscalía, y aseguró que a pesar de la investigación del FBI y las prohibiciones en su contra, así como los incidentes por los que había sido sancionado, nunca se consideró sacarlo de la oficina.

“Mientras todo esto ocurría, lo tratamos bien, de dimos promociones, se le mantuvo el salario, se le asignó un caso de fraude de discapacidades que ha sido de los más importantes en Puerto Rico, se le asignó ser paralegal que es un puesto bueno e importante. Quisimos darle un trabajo en algo para lo que estaba preparado, le dimos la labor de estadísticas (de la iniciativa de armas) y de paralegal”, afirmó Rodríguez. “Su separación del puesto siempre se pensó como temporal. Pero no pensé que la investigación (del FBI) tardaría tanto. Tardó dos años, tardó muchísimo. Pero no era una investigación mía, era del FBI”, justificó.

Hoy se espera continúe el testimonio de la jefa de la fiscalía federal y más adelante estaría testificando el demandante.

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Anthony Weiner hired investigative firm amid underage sexting scandal

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Disgraced politician Anthony Weiner hired a private investigative firm run by a former New York prosecutor to help deal with the fallout from his underage sexting scandal just two days after his relationship with a 15-year-old girl went public, according to newly unsealed FBI court records.

Weiner's sexting relationship with a high school sophomore was first reported by <a href="http://DailyMail.com" rel="nofollow">DailyMail.com</a> on September 21, 2016. 

Two days later, he turned over his cell phone, iPad and laptop to Granite Intelligence, a Manhattan-based firm that specializes in 'intelligence, investigation, and risk management services'. 

In a federal warrant unsealed last week, federal investigators noted that Weiner's electronic devices were being held by the private firm when the FBI tried to obtain them on September 26, 2016.

Anthony Weiner, pictured after being sentenced last year, gave his cell phone, iPad and laptop to the Manhattan-based Granite Intelligence just two days after his sexting relationship with a 15-year-old was revealed
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Anthony Weiner, pictured after being sentenced last year, gave his cell phone, iPad and laptop to the Manhattan-based Granite Intelligence just two days after his sexting relationship with a 15-year-old was revealed

In a federal warrant unsealed last week (pictured above), federal investigators noted that Weiner's electronic devices were being held by the private firm when the FBI tried to obtain them on September 26, 2016
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In a federal warrant unsealed last week (pictured above), federal investigators noted that Weiner's electronic devices were being held by the private firm when the FBI tried to obtain them on September 26, 2016

The warrant requested an iPhone 'that as transferred from the Target Subject [Weiner] to Granite Intelligence LLC (the 'Security Firm') on September 23, 2016' and is 'currently housed at the Security Firm's office'
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The warrant requested an iPhone 'that as transferred from the Target Subject [Weiner] to Granite Intelligence LLC (the 'Security Firm') on September 23, 2016' and is 'currently housed at the Security Firm's office'

The warrant also requested an iPad and a Dell laptop that Weiner gave to Granite Intelligence and that 'currently is housed at the Security Firm's office'
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The warrant also requested an iPad and a Dell laptop that Weiner gave to Granite Intelligence and that 'currently is housed at the Security Firm's office'

The warrant requested an iPhone 'that as transferred from the Target Subject [Weiner] to Granite Intelligence LLC (the 'Security Firm') on September 23, 2016' and is 'currently housed at the Security Firm's office'. 

The warrant also requested an iPad and a Dell laptop that Weiner gave to Granite Intelligence and that 'currently is housed at the Security Firm's office'. 

The document does not say whether Granite Intelligence performed any other services for Weiner, 53, besides housing his electronics. 

The use of private intelligence firms has come under scrutiny recently, after it was reported Harvey Weinstein hired an Israeli intelligence firm to gather information of his sexual assault accusers.

Granite Intelligence is run by Jeffrey J. Mueller, a former New York City prosecutor. 

Co-founder R. David McDonough is a former investigator at Kroll, another private security firm that reportedly worked with Weinstein.

According to the website, the firm specializes in investigations, business intelligence and litigation support.

It says it uses 'a combination of investigative, accounting, financial, technical and industry skills and resources to efficiently resolve our clients' problems'. 

Granite Intelligence said it also 'works closely with its private clients to assist in the management of risk and reputation and provide specialized and confidential investigative services'. 

Twisted: DailyMail.com's revelations that Anthony Weiner was sexting a teenager sent him to federal prison and prompted the discovery that his laptop contained emails from Hillary Clinton sent from her notorious secret server
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Twisted: DailyMail.com's revelations that Anthony Weiner was sexting a teenager sent him to federal prison and prompted the discovery that his laptop contained emails from Hillary Clinton sent from her notorious secret server

Sick: Anthony Weiner's depraved sexts to an underage girl were revealed by DailyMail.com, settting off the probe which uncovered that Hillary Clinton emails were on his laptop
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Sick: Anthony Weiner's depraved sexts to an underage girl were revealed by DailyMail.com, settting off the probe which uncovered that Hillary Clinton emails were on his laptop
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Sick: Anthony Weiner's depraved sexts to an underage girl were revealed by <a href="http://DailyMail.com" rel="nofollow">DailyMail.com</a>, setting off the probe which uncovered that Hillary Clinton emails were on his laptop

Weiner also sent the girl suggestive photos of himself
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He complimented her body, told her he woke up 'hard' after thinking about her, and called her 'baby'
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Weiner also sent the girl suggestive photos of himself, complimented her body, told her he woke up 'hard' after thinking about her, and called her 'baby'

Their sexting relationship lasted for several months, during which Weiner asked the underage girl to get undressed over video chats and dress up in school girl costumes
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Text messages obtained by DailyMail.com show Weiner was aware of the girl's age, as she discussed being in high school and getting her learner's permit
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Their sexting relationship lasted for several months, during which Weiner asked the underage girl to get undressed over video chats and dress up in school girl costumes. Text messages obtained by <a href="http://DailyMail.com" rel="nofollow">DailyMail.com</a> show Weiner was aware of the girl's age, as she discussed being in high school and getting her learner's permit

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'We offer wide-ranging specialty services to help meet the demands of high-net-worth individuals and families, family and multi-family offices and trusts,' said the website.

According to the unsealed court warrant, the FBI was searching for the name and identity of Weiner's victim, including 'photographs, contact lists, address books, instant messages, chats, text messages, emails, and photographs or videos sent to and received by minors'. 

They were also searching for evidence of child pornography or images of the victim.

In addition, they wanted to pinpoint the times the messages were sent and whether Weiner as personally using the devices.

Apparently a report from the Justice Department inspector general will slam senior FBI leaders, including James Comey,  claiming they did not move quickly enough when agents realized Weiner had a trove of her emails on his laptop.

Some FBI officials knew in September 2016 of Hillary's emails on Weiner's laptop but the bureau did not obtain a warrant to review them until the following month. 

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<a href="http://DailyMail.com" rel="nofollow">DailyMail.com</a> interviewed Weiner's victim, who was a 15-year-old high school sophomore when she and the disgraced politician began messaging each other on Twitter and Facebook in January 2016. Weiner was 52 years old at the time.

Their sexting relationship lasted for several months, during which Weiner asked the underage girl to get undressed over video chats and dress up in school girl costumes.

Text messages obtained by <a href="http://DailyMail.com" rel="nofollow">DailyMail.com</a> show Weiner was aware of the girl's age, as she discussed being in high school and getting her learner's permit.

Weiner also sent the girl suggestive photos of himself, complimented her body, told her he woke up 'hard' after thinking about her, and called her 'baby'. 

Weiner stepped down from congress and lost a promising mayoral campaign due to previous sexting scandals. During one of the scandals, he sent a woman a photo of his crotch with his son lying near by
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Weiner stepped down from congress and lost a promising mayoral campaign due to previous sexting scandals. During one of the scandals, he sent a woman a photo of his crotch with his son lying near by

Weiner, pictured above with his ex-wife, Huma Abadin, and their son Jordan, said he has also been in treatment for sexting addiction and planned to continue treatment while at Federal Medical Center Devens, a prison in Ayer, Massachusetts
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Weiner, pictured above with his ex-wife, Huma Abadin, and their son Jordan, said he has also been in treatment for sexting addiction and planned to continue treatment while at Federal Medical Center Devens, a prison in Ayer, Massachusetts

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In one message, he told her: 'I would bust that tight p***y so hard and so often that you would leak and limp for a week.'

The former politician, who stepped down from congress and lost a promising mayoral campaign due to previous sexting scandals, pleaded guilty last May to sending obscene images to a minor. 

He was sentenced to 21 months in prison last fall.

Weiner apologized to the victim in court during his sentencing last year, saying: 'I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse.' 

He said he has also been in treatment for sexting addiction and planned to continue treatment while at Federal Medical Center Devens, a prison in Ayer, Massachusetts.

The unsealed warrant, filed in the Southern District court of New York and signed by Judge Ronald Ellis, shows that federal investigators wasted little time before seizing Weiner's electronic devices.

It was filed five days after the scandal broke. During its search, the FBI ended up finding emails between Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin that were not previously turned over during the investigation into Clinton's private server.

The discovery led the FBI to reopen its investigation into Clinton's emails less than two weeks before the election.

In a last-ditch plea for leniency, Weiner's lawyers said their client had already suffered significantly due to the crime's unintended impact on the 2016 election. 

The argument was dismissed by the judge, who said Weiner's prior scandals had not been enough to deter him from sexting a minor.

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