Thursday Open Thread | Mueller adds first cybercrime prosecutor to his team

Special counsel Robert Mueller has added a prosecutor with significant cybercrime expertise to his team.

Ryan Dickey, a senior lawyer in the Justice Department’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, has been detailed to Mueller’s team since early November, a U.S. official told POLITICO.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has added a prosecutor with significant cybercrime expertise to his team.

Ryan Dickey, a senior lawyer in the Justice Department’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, has been detailed to Mueller’s team since early November, a U.S. official told POLITICO.

The Washington Post first reported Dickey’s move.

Mueller’s addition of a veteran cyber expert to his team suggests that his investigation may be focusing on computer hacking, an element of Russia’s alleged 2016 election meddling that has received less attention than issues like possible collusion between Moscow and President Donald Trump’s team.

Dickey’s highest-profile case involved Marcel Lazar, also known as “Guccifer,” a Romanian man who hacked the personal email accounts of prominent Washington figures like Secretary of State Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal. A federal judge sentenced him to 52 months in prison in September 2016.
Dickey has also prosecuted cases involving credit card fraud and illegal file-sharing.

Some experts have suggested that the special counsel probe may result in charges under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the landmark cybercrime law that makes it illegal to aid in a computer intrusion. If any of Trump’s associates knew about and encouraged the hacking of Democrats’ emails and computer servers, they could be charged under the statute.

In November, The Wall Street Journal reported that Mueller’s team was letting the original DOJ prosecutors retain the investigation of the actual cyber intrusions into the DNC and other targets.

Before moving to CCIPS in 2014, Dickey was an assistant U.S. attorney in the cybercrime unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, which has run significant cyber cases like the investigation of WikiLeaks.

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60 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Mueller adds first cybercrime prosecutor to his team

  1. Ametia says:
    • Ametia says:

      Dump #$5’s ignorant supporters don’t care.

      I’ve never liked Walmart and don’t shop there. Remember folks it’s always about that bottom line for corporations.

  2. They’ve ran so many small business out. The only grocery store that can compete with them in my neck of the woods is H.E.B.

  3. Serena nearly died after giving birth. She had small blood clots in the lungs and had to tell the doctors what she needed. They didn’t believe she had pain and thought the medication was making her confused.

  4. One of those “massa been good to me…. I ain’t bout to leave him over this”

  5. rikyrah says:

    Trump wants GOP allies to ‘take control’ of Russia scandal probe
    01/11/18 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen
    We recently learned that Donald Trump, feeling the heat as the Russia scandal was intensifying last summer, personally urged Republican lawmakers to end congressional scrutiny of the controversy. The president’s lobbying campaign targeted, among others, the Senate majority leader and chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

    As we discussed at the time, when Congress is investigating a scandal involving the president, the president isn’t supposed to call lawmakers to pressure them to stop.

    Yesterday, however, as Politico noted, Trump took his lobbying campaign in a more public direction.

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged Republicans in Congress to “take control” of the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, prompting some head-scratching from a top GOP investigator on Capitol Hill.

    “The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. “There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes. Russia & the world is laughing at the stupidity they are witnessing. Republicans should finally take control!”

  6. rikyrah says:

    More than 100 corporate leaders are calling on Congress to pass legislation by Janurary 19 to protect the status of DREAMers.

  7. rikyrah says:

    NEWS: @USCBO letter confirms 10-year reauthorization of CHIP saves $6 billion. #ExtendCHIP

    — Energy Commerce Dems (@EnergyCommerce) January 11, 2018

  8. rikyrah says:

    Public interest in dossier has been validated: Buzzfeed
    Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed, talks with Rachel Maddow about the decision to publish the Trump dossier a year ago, and the legal entanglements that have followed.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Fusion GPS still researching Donald Trump ties to Russia
    Rachel Maddow points out that while the Trump dossier is everything Christopher Steele produced for Fusion GPS for that “particular engagement” but Fusion GPS is still researching Donald Trump’s ties to Russia and Steele may be involved as well.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Trump fails to protect US from future Russian attacks
    Senator Ben Cardin talks with Rachel Maddow about how Donald Trump has dithered while other countries have taken measures to thwart future efforts by Russia to interfere in their politics

  11. rikyrah says:

    Block of conflicted Trump U.S. attorney pick likely to hold
    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s block on a Donald Trump nominee to be U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York appears likely to hold, Rachel Maddow reports. The nominee, Geoffrey Berman is previously of Deutsche Bank, where Trump-related dealings are being investigated.

  12. Something has to give….this is too much. Trump is wreaking havoc on poor people.

  13. rikyrah says:

    “The problem goes beyond Bannon… The problem is the mainstreaming of extremists by the media + downplaying of real-world consequences of white supremacy for non-whites + immigrants who suffer under DJT policies.” via @sarahkendzior

    — JessieNYC (@JessieNYC) January 11, 2018

  14. rikyrah says:

    We warned about this: @HouseGOP passes massive tax cuts for corporations… Pfizer responds by ending research into Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, laying off researchers, and buying back billions of dollars’ worth of shares. #GOPTaxScam

    — Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) January 10, 2018

  15. rikyrah says:

    People were literally celebrating outside of Darrell Issa’s office after hearing the news of his “retirement”. I’m celebrating with these patriots in spirit. ❤️👊 #RESIST

    — Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) January 11, 2018

  16. rikyrah says:

    Earlier thread on the selection of Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to paint official portraits of President and Mrs Obama. The official unveiling is February 12 at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington.

    — meta (@metaquest) January 11, 2018

    Portraits unveiled at an invitation-only ceremony at National Portrait Gallery. Painting of Michelle Obama goes on display in the Recent Acquisitions corridor through early November. Portrait of Pres Obama will become part of the permanent collection.

    — meta (@metaquest) January 11, 2018

  17. rikyrah says:

    Serena with baby Alexis in the cover of Vogue

  18. rikyrah says:

    The cover of @TheEconomist.

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 11, 2018

    The new cover of @TIME.

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 11, 2018

  19. rikyrah says:

    1. Can we talk about these new Walmart bonuses? Because it’s important.

    It sounds amazing: The nation’s largest employer is giving all its employees up to $1K!

    Let’s dig deeper

    — Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 11, 2018

  20. rikyrah says:

    Robert Mueller sharpens cyber focus in Trump Russia investigation
    From hacking to botnets to unexplained server communications, Rachel Maddow looks at the cyber aspects of the Trump Russia scandal and indications of what Robert Mueller is looking at

  21. rikyrah says:

    Missouri’s GOP governor caught up in ugly sex scandal
    01/11/18 08:40 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) is not the first governor to be caught up in a sex scandal, but this story isn’t quite like the one’s we’re used to.

    The revelations broke last night with this report from KMOV, the CBS affiliate in St. Louis.

    Governor Eric Greitens on Wednesday night confirmed to News 4 he had an extramarital affair, an admission a months-long News 4 investigation prompted.

    In a recording obtained by News 4, a woman says she had a sexual encounter with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and that he tried to blackmail her to keep the encounter quiet.

    The details were provided to News 4 by the woman’s ex-husband, claiming the sexual relationship happened between his now ex-wife and Greitens in March 2015. News 4 is not naming the woman and she has not made an on-the-record comment about the story.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Charles Blow WENT IN!!

    The Lowest White Man:

    Trumpism is a religion founded on patriarchy and white supremacy.

    It is the belief that even the least qualified man is a better choice than the most qualified woman and a belief that the most vile, anti-intellectual, scandal-plagued simpleton of a white man is sufficient to follow in the presidential footsteps of the best educated, most eloquent, most affable black man.

    As President Lyndon B. Johnson said in the 1960s to a young Bill Moyers: “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”

    Trump’s supporters are saying to us, screaming to us, that although he may be the “lowest white man,” he is still better than Barack Obama, the “best colored man.”

    In a way, Donald Trump represents white people’s right to be wrong and still be right. He is the embodiment of the unassailability of white power and white privilege.

    To abandon him is to give up on the pact that America has made with its white citizens from the beginning: The government will help to underwrite white safety and success, even at the expense of other people in this country, whether they be Native Americans, African-Americans or new immigrants.

    But this idea of elevating the lowest white man over those more qualified or deserving didn’t begin with Johnson’s articulation and won’t end with Trump’s manifestation. This is woven into the fabric of the flag.

    …No matter how much of an embarrassment and a failure Trump proves to be, his exploits must be judged a success. He must be deemed a correction to Barack Obama and a superior choice to Hillary Clinton. White supremacy demands it. Patriarchy demands it. Trump’s supporters demand it.

    • Liza says:


      We’ve talked about this a lot, that Trump is the backlash for a black president.

      But what I never understood until after the 2016 election was that Hillary being a woman was probably more of an issue than Hillary being the wrong woman. Of course, there is no way to measure this.

    • Ametia says:


  23. vitaminlover says:

    Good morning, rikyrah. Po po’s comin’!!

  24. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😄 😄😄

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