But let's face it, people: none of us really know. It's a stealth investigation unfolding in real time. And whatever we can glean propels us a little further to the answer we think we know. Which we don't. But listening to the chatter online has revealed insightful nuggets from folks who seem familiar with the people and practices of our 'guests' from Newark.
And not to sound like a smarty-pants, these anonymous posters concur with GA's belief that this investigation started months back, that the F.B.I. came in with enough hard evidence to justify the vast allocation of resources to our humble metropolis. And their insight goes beyond mine.
In a nutshell here's what they say:
- The Feds have Hoboken in their crosshairs and have for some time. They WANT to scour this town. Or as my friend put it, "They've got a hard-on for Hoboken.". (HE said it, not ME.)
- Their real target is NOT the City Hall IT leakage, it's the Russos and their enterprise.
- Beth Mason, etc. are peripherals that will go down because they participated in the transfer of illegally -obtained IT documents, but are not the F.B.I.'s 'main course'.
- Surveillance in the form of wire taps started months ago.
Whose phones were tapped? Who may have assisted the F.B.I.?
Remember Deep Uvula (DU) said this:
I told you last week. Not talking. Orders are no emails, no phone calls, face to face only. And only when necessary. And stay off the fucking internet.and this:
Cant give you details, but the shit show has started. You already heard about the Marine View visit. People starting to scramble.
So were the Russos tipped off about phone taps and electronic surveillance? Or just savvy about how the F.B.I. does business? The ultimate surprise will be if one of their own has been working with the Feds, wearing a wire.
Things that make you go 'hmmm'.
Here are the posts I referenced, from MSV:
Take all of this for what it's worth. We may all be wrong. But you never know.