WASHINGTON — In an unprecedented move, the FBI has asked Senate security
officers to enlist select committee staffers in a search for e-mails from
Energy Department whistleblower Notra Trulock, WorldNetDaily has learned.
Staffers on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Judiciary
Committee tell WorldNetDaily that they received a memo late last week
advising them to turn over any “e-mail messages” from Trulock over the “last
Trulock, Energy’s former counter-intelligence chief, is under FBI
investigation for allegedly leaking classified information. He has not been
charged with any crime.
“I was shocked when I got it,” an aide to an Armed Services committee member
said about the memo.
“We’re a separate branch of government,” added the staffer, who asked not to
be named. “And our e-mail traffic is supposed to be protected by the
Trulock, who resigned last year, has criticized senior Clinton appointees in
the department for ignoring security problems at the nation’s nuclear
weapons labs. He says they even stopped him from briefing Congress on
Chinese espionage so as not to upset the administration’s “strategic
partnership” with communist China.
He has also said the FBI scotched the investigation into Chinese spying at
the labs, including the Wen Ho Lee case.
Armed Services has held hearings into security lapses and leaks at Los
Alamos National Laboratory. Trulock has testified in closed session before
the panel, a staffer confirmed.
The Judiciary committee, meanwhile, is continuing to investigate the FBI’s
and Justice Department’s handling of the Lee case. Sen. Arlen Specter,
R-Pa., is heading the probe. It’s not clear if he has heard from Trulock.
The memo to Judiciary committee staffers, a copy of which was obtained by
WorldNetDaily, was sent July 20 by e-mail.
“URGENT REQUEST — PLEASE OPEN IMMEDIATELY,” the subject line reads. “The
Office of Senate Security has asked that everyone search their e-mail for
message received from a person named ‘Notra Trulock’ within the last five
months. (You can search your in-box, trash or archive folders using the
search button on the main menu of CC:mail.) Please notify me immediately if
you discover an e-mail from this person. Thanks for you [sic] help, Jared
Garner, Security Manager.”
Garner heads security for the Judiciary committee. He did not return phone
Senate aides say that Garner was following orders from Office of Senate
Security Director Mike DiSilvestro. They say FBI agents visited DiSilvestro
in his office and asked him to cooperate in the hunt for Trulock e-mail.
DiSilvestro did not return several phone calls to his office, which is
located at the top of the Capitol Building. It holds classified documents in
a room inside a room where members of Congress and cleared staff can go to
The FBI move, described as “heavy-handed” by one staffer, comes on the heels
of a recent controversial search of Trulock’s home.
On July 14, FBI agents took Trulock’s personal-computer hard drive from his
Virginia town house. The agents did not show a search warrant to either
Trulock or his landlord. She let them into his flat only after reportedly
The FBI says it was looking for classified documents in Trulock’s home
because it suspects he has somehow compromised U.S. intelligence.
Trulock insists he kept no classified information on his computer and claims
the FBI’s move is part of an ongoing effort to retaliate against him for
speaking out against the Clinton administration.
In this month’s issue of The National Review, Trulock penned a 3,000-word
report taking Clinton officials to task for — ironically enough — failing
to protect the nation’s military secrets.
An Armed Services staffer says everything in his article is based on
unclassified Energy material.
However, Trulock reportedly also is shopping around an unpublished 62-page
manuscript about the administration’s handling of the Los Alamos spy case. A
CIA official reportedly tipped off the FBI that the manuscript may disclose
Staffers say Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott is not cooperating with the
FBI in the e-mail matter and has consulted with the Senate legal office to
get a reading on lawmakers’ rights to protect such communications.
“I have no comment on that,” said Chris Williams, a foreign policy aide in
the leader’s office.
Paul Longsworth, a staffer for the Armed Services committee, confirmed the
directive, but stopped short of saying who it involved.
“The committee was notified by security about some issues related to
e-mails,” Longsworth said. “I really can’t comment on (Trulock). It’s a
security issue that involves e-mails. It’s very sensitive.”
Judiciary committee aide Kent Cook, however, confirmed that the Senate
security office, at the FBI’s request, is trying to trace communications
Cook says he’s already searched his in-box and trash for e-mails from
Trulock. “There’s nothing in mine,” he said.
He says the request is a first.
“We’ve been asked to go through our e-mail before for viruses,” Cook said,
“but nothing like this.”
The aide to an Armed Services committee member says the FBI told security
that Trulock allegedly funneled some secret data to the Hill and that the
FBI wants to stop it from advancing any further.
But the staffer thinks the FBI’s request “looks more like a fishing
expedition” to find out whose ears Trulock has on the Hill.
“This seems like more retaliation against whistleblowers in this
administration, particularly at the Energy Department,” the aide said.
Indeed, there has been a pattern of retribution against national security
whistleblowers during the Clinton-Gore years, most notably when China is
Pentagon official Jonathan Fox testified last year that he was threatened
with losing his job if he didn’t certify China as a nonproliferator of
nuclear arms to pave the way for an administration plan to share critical
nuclear technology with China. The White House needed a rush OK in advance
of Chinese President Jiang Zemin’s 1997 visit.
Pentagon officials tried to break into another Pentagon whistleblower’s
computer as he testified last year on the Hill. Export-control officer Peter
Leitner warned that Clinton appointees were trying systematically to
dismantle controls on military-related exports to China.
Energy Secretary Bill Richardson effectively fired Edward McCallum, who
headed Energy’s Office of Safeguards and Security for nine years, three days
after he testified before the so-called Rudman Commission, which was charged
with helping fix lab security problems.
In charges strikingly similar to ones leveled against Trulock, Richardson
claimed McCallum “may have committed a serious security infraction”
involving allegedly classified information. Richardson’s charge never stuck.
McCallum wrote reports to Clinton appointees at Energy, arguing for, among
other things, tighter screening of Chinese visitors to the labs.
Los Alamos nuclear weapons physicist Robert Henson was fired in 1995 after
he tipped off Trulock about the Chinese heisting design data about the
prized W-88 warhead.