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Whistleblower reprisal? Adam Lovinger, who was alarmed at contracts given to Stephan Halper, cleared of leaking data, but officials never told his lawyers - go.shr.lc/2YLWpgl
Mr. Lovinger’s employer, the Pentagon Office of Net Assessment, accused him of mishandling “sensitive” material, a charge his lawyer said essentially is made up since there is no such classification.
A confidential counterintelligence investigation cleared suspended Pentagon analyst Adam S. Lovinger on allegations of leaking data to the news media, but officials never told his defense team.
The NCIS probe of Lovinger was closed September 2018, and the report signed in November. Mr. Lovinger’s administrative trial began the next month. His defense team was never told that Lovinger had been cleared by the NCIS.
“This single NCIS document undercuts about 80% of the government’s sham case against him,” said his attorney. “No wonder DoD withheld it. No leak, & he didn’t have any ‘sensitive’ documents on his computer so he couldn’t have been mishandling ‘sensitive’ info on his computer.”
Lovinger supported President Trump’s policies and went to work for the new White House in 2017. The Office of Net Assessment quickly pulled him back to the Pentagon, where he was suspended and stripped of his security clearance. His pay stopped in April 2018.
Mr. Lovinger lost his appeal in a decision this spring following a five-day closed hearing in December before an administrative judge who ruled in favor of the Office of Net Assessment.
One of the overriding narratives the gov't used against Mr. Lovinger in is battle to keep his job was that he had violated rules by leaking derogatory stories about the office to the news media. But the government knew this was false, and failed to disclose this information
Before his suspension, Mr. Lovinger complained internally that the Office of Net Assessment (ONA) was not doing its job by failing to produce reports on future threats known as “net assessments.” Instead, the office was awarding contracts for outside academic-style reports
One paid contractor was Stefan Halper, the Washington national security figure who while at Cambridge University became an FBI informant to spy on Trump campaign associates in 2016
The Office of Net Assessment was working with thePentagon’s Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) in targeting Lovinger. WHS is the organization that revoked Mr. Lovinger’s clearance and brought the case against him.
The WHS was informed by the NCIS of its findings that Lovinger had not improperly leaked or handled classified information, when the WHS asked for the Lovinger file. But the gov't continued to falsely accuse Lovinger of mishandling classified info.
“The leaking allegation against Mr. Lovinger was by far the most serious claim brought against him by DoD,” said his attorney. “We believe that the gov't hid this exculpatory evidence because they knew that their other allegations were a smorgasbord of nonsense"
In a May 2017 memo, Washington Headquarters Services outlined why it was revoking Mr. Lovinger’s security clearance, citing Lovinger's leaks. The Director of ONA James Baker, a Clinton ally, claimed the leaks had disastrous effects. It was all a lie.
In July 2017 letter, Pentagon lawyers “failed to make any mention of the NCIS findings in their case, failed to turn over the NCIS investigative report, & failed to even alert this attorney that a report existed which effectively exonerated Mr. Lovinger.”
Rather, that same month, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense sent Mr. Lovinger a firing memo. Since he needed a security clearance to work at ONA and his had been revoked, Mr. Lovinger was being terminated.
Mr. Lovinger’s attorney, Sean Bigley, has now filed a complaint with the Defense Department inspector general. He accuses Pentagon officials who targeted his client of a “serious ethics violation” by withholding the exoneration
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