BlueLeaks Documents Bolster Whistleblower Account of Intelligence Tampering at Homeland Security - 2020-09-12
If Chad Wolf, the man currently running the largest law enforcement agency in the country, had any idea of what was coming, he didn't show it. On Wednesday, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security stood before his colleagues and delivered the 2020 "State of the Homeland Address," detailing the many ways in which his department was living up to its post-9/11 mission and supporting President Donald Trump's agenda. Everyone on the DHS livestream was socially distanced and wearing masks — everyone, that is, but Ken Cuccinelli, the department's "senior official performing the duties of the deputy secretary."
Last month, the Government Accountability Office issued a report concluding that both Wolf and Cuccinelli are illegally occupying their positions atop DHS. But what the two men lack in legal authorization to work, they make up for in fealty to the president. Teeing up the crowd for Wolf's remarks this week, Cuccinelli spoke of threats to "our cherished homeland" and said that "after decades of putting global interests ahead of the safety and the prosperity of our citizens, this administration has boldly put America first."
Wolf, a former Transportation Security Administration lobbyist, struck a similar tone in his prepared remarks, drawing applause when he mentioned Homeland Security's role in policing protests in Portland, Oregon, and his department's ongoing efforts to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. The event had just barely concluded when the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence published a 24-page whistleblower complaint accusing Wolf, Cuccinelli, and other current and former DHS leaders, including former Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who was also present at Wednesday's address, of illegally manipulating and politicizing intelligence to bolster the president's talking points and policy objectives in numerous ways across multiple years.