WASHINGTON — Police in a nearby suburb here have decided not to
investigate a home burglary reported by an espionage whistleblower, a
department spokeswoman told WorldNetDaily.
Former Energy Department official Notra Trulock says someone last
month broke into his McLean, Va.-area townhouse, rifled through his
videotapes, photos, books and other items, and assaulted his dog while
he was away during the day. He filed a complaint with the Fairfax County
police the next day.
The July 25 incident occurred just 11 days after FBI agents searched
Trulock’s home for evidence that the ex-counterintelligence chief had
mishandled classified information. Though they had no search warrant,
the agents seized Trulock’s computer hard drive.
In 1998, Trulock told Congress about the Clinton administration’s
failure to safeguard secrets at U.S. nuclear-weapons labs. He was
demoted and left Energy last year.
National Review last month published an article he wrote that was
highly critical of Energy and FBI probes into Chinese espionage.
Fairfax County police spokeswoman Jane Woolf says no detective will
be assigned to the case, because the McLean patrolman who took the
report saw no signs of a break-in.
“He’s not classifying this as a burglary,” Woolf said. “Absolutely
nothing was taken and there are no signs of forced entry.”
She says the case, filed as a “suspicious event,” is closed. “That’s
the end of it,” she said.
But Trulock maintains the alleged intruder hit his dog, a large
golden retriever, causing a one-inch gash on the pet’s head.
Woolf says the patrolman who took the report theorized that the dog
must have injured himself while toying with some of the items, including
digital video disks, found out of place in Trulock’s bedroom.
“It appears some things had fallen over, and that’s how the dog got
hurt,” she explained. “The dog either ran into something, or something
fell on him.”
But Trulock thinks someone hit his dog with a blunt object when he
got in the way.
“If you stood over him and were facing him, and if you had something
in your hand and were right-handed and you swung your arm down to hit
him, that’s where the gash is,” he said in an interview with WorldNetDaily. “There’s just no way somebody didn’t come in and whack
him on the head.”
“He’s still got a big scab there,” Trulock added. “I was pretty
The alleged break-in took place within days of Trulock retaining
public-interest law firm Judicial Watch to sue the FBI for allegedly
violating his First and Fourth amendment rights.
“So I guess it was the dog who went through his DVDs and read his
books and papers,” deadpanned Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
Woolf, who would not furnish a copy of the police report, spoke to
the officer who took the report. She says P. S. O’Hara “checked
everywhere,” including doors and windows, for signs of a break-in.
Not so, argues Fitton.
“He was there, but he never looked for signs of forced entry,” he
O’Hara also made no connection at the time between the dog’s injury
and the mess in Trulock’s bedroom, Fitton says.
“He never said anything about that,” he said.
“It sounds like someone got to the Fairfax County police department,”
He points out that FBI agents commented on Trulock’s golden retriever
when they interrogated him at his home last month.
Also, the items that Trulock later came home and found tampered with
— a collection of DVDs, videotapes, photo albums, books and other
things — were kept in the same bedroom where the computer had been kept
before agents seized it.