[IWAR] US FBI probe of Belgian

From: Michael Wilson (MWILSON/0005514706at_private)
Date: Tue Dec 02 1997 - 09:37:02 PST

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              FBI wants to know if and how Belgian man got classified info
          Copyright ) 1997 Nando.net
          Copyright ) 1997 The Associated Press
       WASHINGTON (November 29, 1997 3:41 p.m. EST http://www.nando.net) -- The
       FBI is investigating whether a Belgian businessman, who claims a White
       House worker gave him intelligence information, acquired sensitive U.S.
       government documents on drugs and defense involving Africa, U.S.
       officials confirmed Saturday.
       Belgian authorities also are investigating Max-Olivier Cahen for
       allegedly trying to sell classified documents to African officials. In
       European publications, Cahen has alleged that friends in the U.S.
       government leaked him the documents, including Shawn McCormick, a former
       National Security Council aide on Africa. McCormick, 29, left the White
       House two months ago after two years in the job.
       The White House said Saturday no evidence points to wrongdoing by
       "While the FBI is not in a position to formally close its investigation,
       we have been advised that no evidence has been found to support
       allegations that Shawn McCormick engaged in illegal conduct," said a
       spokeswoman at the National Security Council, speaking on condition of
       Justice Department spokeswoman Christine DiBartolo called the
       investigation a "pending matter." The FBI decline to comment.
       McCormick's lawyer, Breckinridge Willcox, said his client never
       exchanged any classified information with Cahen, according to Saturday's
       editions of The Washington Post.
       "He never gave Max a single sheet of paper, much less anything
       classified, and he never talked about classified activities," Willcox
       was quoted as saying. "I think Shawn has convinced the FBI that all his
       dealings with Max were legitimate."
       Willcox and McCormick couldn't be reached by The Associated Press on
       Purported copies of Cahen's personal records revealed letters to Ngawale
       Mobutu, the daughter and adviser of the late Zairean dictator Mobutu
       Sese Seko, offering to sell her three U.S. documents for $25,000, the
       Post reported. The documents allegedly included information on U.S.
       military intelligence concerning Rwanda, Angolan troop movements and
       activities of some close Mobutu advisers by the U.S. Drug Enforcement
       Administration, according to the Post.
       By KALPANA SRINIVASAN, The Associated Press

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