Suspicious burglary at law firm of State Dept. whistleblower

Surveillance image of suspects
Surveillance image of suspects.
Photo Credit: KDFW

There was a highly suspicious burglary last weekend at the law office of the Dallas firm representing a top State Department whistleblower, according to the local Fox News affiliate, KDFW.

Schulman & Mathias represent Aurelia Fedenisn, the former Office of the Inspector General investigator with the U.S. State Department who recently alleged that senior State Dept. officials instructed agents to back off or drop cases that could be potentially damaging or embarrassing to the department.

The law firm, which was the only office burglarized in the building, had three computers stolen and a file cabinet broken into.

However, numerous other valuables, like silver bars and video equipment, were not taken, including 14 other computers in an unlocked, adjacent office suite, KDFW reported.

Foreign Policy Magazine’s “The Cable” spoke to attorney Cary Shulman who called the break-in “a crazy, strange and suspicious situation.” “

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,” Shulman said.

Video surveillance captured two suspects entering and leaving the building at the time of the burglary, the KDFW report showed.

According to The Cable:

After assessing the surveillance footage, Schulman said he believed the motivations were likely political, but did not suspect department involvement. “It wasn’t professional enough,” he said. “It is possible that an Obama or Hillary supporter feels that I am unfairly going after them. And the timing of this is right after several weeks of very public media attention so it seems to me most likely that the information sought is related to that case. I don’t know for sure and I want the police to do their work.”

The State Dept. denied “any involvement in the incident,” the article said. “Any allegation that the Department of State authorized someone to break into Mr. Schulman’s law firm is false and baseless,” Jen Psaki, the State Dept. spokeswoman told the paper.

In June, CBS News was the first to report Fedenisn’s allegations of wrongdoing and cover-ups at the highest levels in the State Dept.

In fact, after giving an interview to CBS, but with the cameras still rolling, investigators arrived at the home of Fedenisn, in what seemed to be an attempt to intimidate or stop her from talking to the press.

Schulman told The Cable that though he represents many other clients on a variety of matters, he was “skeptical” his other cases were the reason for the burglary. “I’m involved in other cases locally, but those cases are rather stale,” Schulman said.

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