Like an unsatisfying porno flick (which GA would know nothing about), our F.B.I. drama has teased us for days, weeks, months on end, as we waited in vain for the money shot. (Some call it a 'frog march')
Well, it's coming.
GA spoke to a source this morning on deep, deep background. So deep in fact, this source will not receive a cute body-part moniker. However, if I DID give 'it' one, I'd probably pick E. Sophie Gus. (say it quickly)
Because the dish I'm about to deliver will make you gulp.
I actually had to beg for it. (See what I do for you people?) Even then, it was delivered in couched, careful language. But make no mistake, my source is unimpeachable. Good old Not- E. Sophie Gus.
Here you go.
GA: So what can you tell me?
Not-E. Sophie Gus: Nothing.
GA: Who's going down?
Not-E. Sophie Gus: Can't tell you.
GA: Okay. What will be the result of what you expect is going to happen?
Not-E. Sophie Gus: Major headlines.
GA: In the online and print media?
Not-E. Sophie Gus: Yes.
GA: When? Can you tell me? Are we talking days or months?
Not-E. Sophie Gus: I would say is its sooner rather than later.
GA: OK, I know you can't give me names... what'll be the reaction? Will I be happy?
Not-E. Sophie Gus: I expect you'll see a lot of sad long faces and a lot of happy faces. You'll be doing a happy dance.
GA: What about the the speculation on the blogs. Will the outcome you expect validate any of the stuff on the blogs which has been poo-pooed as "gleeful" or flights of fancy?
Not-E. Sophie Gus: What you've seen is validating the belief and opinions of people. Anybody who understands the criminal justice system and the process its in the early stages in the public portion of the process. But preceding that there's been a ton of investigative tools: wiretaps, surveillance, flipping people early and getting them to turn, cooperating witnesses. Typically there would be a period where the investigators evaluate what's been given them and take it where it leads them.. They follow the money. That’s normal and typical and this process needs to be no different other than the amount of data sent to the prosecutor to evaluate, which was enormous An entire city's IT department was siezed and turned over to the Feds. I don't think it’s ever been put in its proper perspective what's been done when the Feds came in and took over. Which is understood by someone who has experience in this world and understands what was made available to prosecutors. It's unprecedented in terms of the amount of data turned over voluntarily. Turned over voluntarily because the mayor found out cyber crimes were committed by people on the city payroll. So she asked authorities to come in and asked to investigate. which was the proverbial camel's nose under the tent. Now they have the data banks of a city of 50,000 to go through. And they’re going to track and trace various other relationships. This has tentacles everywhere.
GA: Your thoughts on the target letters that went out yesterday?
Not-E. Sophie Gus: There's skid marks all over town. There's plenty of people all over town going "oh shit", "oh fuck". This is the strategy of the Feds. They slowly circle, circle, circle, and squeeze people.
GA: Any reformers going down?
Not-E. Sophie Gus: I don't think anyone on the reform side has anything to worry about.
GA: Are we going to see a frog march?
Not-E. Sophie Gus: I expect every attorney to negotiate a voluntary surrender.
There you go, folks. It ain't the Kabbalah but the general take-away from this conversation is that the Day After Hoboken landscape will look a lot different.