Office Inspector General for the Department of Justice (OIG) identified “numerous issues” related to the FBI’s Confidential Human Source Validation (CHS) processes, which jeopardize the FBI’s “credibility” and “veracity.”
“Validation is critical to the overall integrity and reliability of the FBI’s CHS program,” the institution said.
“Ineffective management and oversight of confidential sources can result in jeopardizing FBI operations and placing FBI agents, sources, subjects of investigation, and the public in harm’s way,” the OIG warned in its findings from the audit that began in 2018.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s team specified that it also found the platforms used by the FBI to communicate with its sources unsafe, which could result in “increased operational risk” and “endanger” both parties.
It also found that the FBI lacks an efficient automated process capable of analyzing threat areas, and therefore fails to search its confidential sources based on priorities.
In addition, FBI employees in charge of CHS validation reviews were discouraged from documenting findings and recommendations related to the process.
On the eve of another long-awaited report
The report was released Tuesday, before the imminent publication of the investigation into the illegal “espionage” of current President Donald Trump’s campaign during the 2016 elections, in which everything points to the involvement of both the Obama administration and the FBI led by James Comey—and other intelligence agencies.
It is worth mentioning that the controversial dossier of former British ex-spy Christopher Steele—another confidential FBI human source—was used to justify surveillance of President Trump’s campaign. In 2016, Steele was excluded from the agency’s program after it was discovered that he had been leaking information to the press, Fox News reported.
Obama’s former FBI director, James Comey, defended using the Steele dossier to keep an eye on President Trump even though he knew it wasn’t verified, the Washington Examiner described.
“[Former National Intelligence Director James] Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign. Large dollars were paid to the Spy, far beyond normal. Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history. SPYGATE—a terrible thing!” President Trump tweeted after a statement by the former head of US intelligence.