A Dallas office building suffered multiple break-ins over a weekend, but curiously, all in one suite. An unlocked office across the hall with expensive computer equipment went untouched, as did bars of silver in the office that did get burglarized. Either these burglars were the most incompetent ever as they kept going back to the same office and coming up empty — or they wanted something very specific. And what makes the latter the most likely scenario is that the office that got burglarized happens to be the law office representing a State Department whistleblower that wants to expose corruption and obstruction at the highest levels of Foggy Bottom (via Jammie Wearing Fool):
The offices of a Dallas law firm representing a high-profile State Department whistleblower were broken into last weekend. Burglars stole three computers and broke into the firm’s file cabinets. But silver bars, video equipment and other valuables were left untouched, according to local Fox affiliate KDFW, which aired security camera footage of the suspected burglars entering and leaving the offices around the time of the incident.
The firm Schulman & Mathias represents Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator at the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General. In recent weeks, she raised a slew of explosive allegations against the department and its contractors ranging from illicit drug use, soliciting sexual favors from minors and prostitutes and sexual harassment.
“It’s a crazy, strange and suspicious situation,” attorney Cary Schulman told The Cable. “It’s clear to me that it was somebody looking for information and not money. My most high-profile case right now is the Aurelia Fedenisn case, and I can’t think of any other case where someone would go to these great lengths to get our information.”
According to the KDFW report, the firm was the only suite burglarized in the high-rise office building and an unlocked office adjacent was left untouched.
State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki categorically denied that the break-in was connected in any way to the State Department. For his part, Schulman agrees, saying that the burglary wasn’t “professional enough.” He tends to think that this was an amateur attempt to damage the case by a supporter of Barack Obama and/or Hillary Clinton. That, however, seems a little difficult to believe, too. Two amateurs acting out of political malice and working on their own might be dumb enough to break into the suite and cause some damage once, but probably wouldn’t try it a second time. If the pair went back multiple times over a single weekend, it’s because they were looking for something specific and apparently not finding it. It also suggests that they may have been consulting with others as to what to seek next. They were at least professional enough to breach the access-control security in the building, which isn’t exactly rocket science but isn’t a no-brainer, either.
It’s also possible that this relates to a different case, but Schulman’s skeptical about that. He describes his other cases as “stale,” and that this is the only case with any real value, especially given all the trouble taken to access the office multiple times. The FBI has taken over the investigation, and it will be interesting to see if Congress adds this amateur burglary to its list of probes. Amateur burglaries, after all, have a significant place in American political history.