FBI Virtual Case File Opportunity Cost?

A Lebanese-born CIA officer and former FBI agent Nada Nadim Prouty pleaded guilty this week to charges that, among other things (like submitting forged documents to obtain American citizenship) she illegally sought classified information from FBI computers in September 2002 and June 2003 concerning the Islamic group Hezbollah.

According to the New York Times, the agent's sister and brother-in-law "attended a fund-raising event in Lebanon in August 2002 at which the keynote speaker was Sheikh Muhammed Hussein Fadlallah, the spiritual leader of Hezbollah. Sheikh Fadlallah has been designated by the United States government as a terrorist leader." She checked the FBI computers to see what information law enforcement had on relatives, as well as herself.

It is interesting to speculate whether Prouty would have dared to check the FBI files in June 2003 if the Virtual Case File was visibly on track to be completed on-time (December 2003 or June 2004, take your pick), and or whether her 2002 or 2003 snooping would have also been discovered in 2004 before she went to the CIA, not 2007.

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