Former top FBI agent: The Bureau does not conduct investigations in foreign countries

Tom Locke refutes the latest lies about Peevski spread by the Fake News Factory

Tom Locke

“The United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation does not conduct on-the-ground investigations in foreign countries, except in cases of terrorist attacks involving Americans. FBI agents do liaise – or consult with – foreign law enforcement agencies on criminal matters of mutual interest. But in noncriminal lawsuits like the ones discussed recently in the Bulgarian media, the FBI would not be involved,” said Managing Director of BGR Government Affairs Tom Locke, who is a former executive with the FBI.

His comment was prompted by the latest fake news items against Delyan Peevski spread by Frognews and other media outlets of the slandering machine that is controlled by the Bulgarian oligarchs, among whose main sponsors is the fugitive banker Tsvetan Vassilev.

About a month ago, the Vassilev-funded website owned by Ognyan Stefanov, aka agent Academician of the communist State Security, published a veritable hotch-potch of an article, alleging that FBI agents would be arriving in Bulgaria at the end of March to “conduct numerous interrogations of witnesses in the CorpBank case”. The source cited by Frognews in its latest fake news piece is yet another obscure website – Liberta. Ostensibly, the reason for that so-called investigation is the claim under the RICO act filed in a New York court under pressure exerted by Tsvetan Vassilev and the people who helped him embezzle billions from CorpBank. The legal proceeding was launched after it became clear that the Magnitsky Act claim, which provided fodder for the attacks launched by the fugitive banker and the media outlets funded by him for more than a year, was doomed to failure. Both the Magnitsky and the RICO cases have the same purpose – to inundate the public space with fake news about the main enemy of the oligarchs in Bulgaria: lawmaker and Telegraph Media publisher Delyan Peevski.

That the information about an imaginary FBI investigation in connection with the case in question is nothing more than the latest fake news article is confirmed by Tom Locke’s comment that the FBI “does not conduct on-the-ground investigations in foreign countries, except in cases of terrorist attacks”. He also notes that “FBI agents do liaise – or consult with – foreign law enforcement agencies on criminal matters of mutual interest” but stresses that in “noncriminal lawsuits like the ones discussed recently in the Bulgarian media, the FBI would not be involved”, referring to the fake news items disseminated by Frognews and other, familiar or otherwise, cogs of the slandering machine controlled by Tsvetan Vassilev & Co.

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