MYSTERY: Did Fusion GPS’s Nellie Ohr Evade NSA Surveillance With A Ham Radio?
Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, was hired by Fusion GPS for the purpose of digging up dirt on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. One curious detail about Mrs. Ohr is that she obtained an amateur radio license on May 23rd, 2016.
Was evading NSA surveillance the motivation behind obtaining the license?
George Parry of The Federalist writes:
Ohr is a member of Women in International Security, which describes itself as supporting “research projects and policy engagement initiatives on critical international security issues, including the nexus between gender and security.” She has done cybersecurity consulting for Accenture, a politically connected firm, for which she gave a presentation on “Ties Between Government Intelligence Services and Cyber Criminals – Closer Than You Think?” […]
It is apparent that, between her own professional experience and her marriage to a top DOJ official, she was well aware of the ability of the National Security Agency to intercept and store every communication on the Internet. Did this knowledge have anything to do with her mid-life decision to become a ham radio operator and communicate outside cyberspace? […]
On May 23, 2016, she received a technician-level amateur radio license. The timing is significant. The presidential campaign was underway and she and her employer, Fusion GPS, were digging for dirt in Russia to use against Trump. Given her cybersecurity knowledge, was Nellie Ohr hoping to use non-cyber short wave communications to hide her participation in that nefarious effort from the NSA?
Recall that, in early 2016, NSA head Admiral Mike Rogers became aware of “ongoing” and “intentional” violations and abuse of FISA surveillance, which he subsequently exposed in testimony before Congress. Thereafter, pressure mounted within the Obama administration to fire him.
Another unanswered question is did Fusion GPS use Mrs. Ohr to influence top government officials? If the answer is “no,” then why did the recently demoted Ohr hide his wife’s Fusion GPS compensation from ethics officials?
Daily Caller reports:
Bruce Ohr, the Department of Justice official who brought opposition research on President Donald Trump to the FBI, did not disclose that Fusion GPS, which performed that research at the Democratic National Committee’s behest, was paying his wife, and did not obtain a conflict of interest waiver from his superiors at the Justice Department, documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation show.
The omission may explain why Ohr was demoted from his post as associate deputy attorney general after the relationship between Fusion GPS and his wife emerged and Fusion founder Glenn Simpson acknowledged meeting with Ohr. Willfully falsifying government ethics forms can carry a penalty of jail time, if convicted.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) hired Fusion GPS to gather and disseminate damning info about Trump, and they in turn paid Nellie Ohr, a former CIA employee with expertise in Russia, for an unknown role related to the “dossier.” Bruce Ohr then brought the information to the FBI, kicking off a probe and a media firestorm.
“Payments from Fusion GPS to Bruce Ohr’s family, funded by the DNC, have the appearance of a ‘government for hire,’ i.e. bribing a DOJ official to push the case,” says the Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak.
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said more attention should be paid to Bruce Ohr in relation to the dossier drama.
“The fact that the Senate Intelligence Committee is bringing in Bruce Ohr, this Justice Department official involved with Fusion GPS and the Clinton dossier, shows you where the collusion scandal is,” Fitton told OANN‘s John Hines last December.
“It’s with the Clinton campaign, the DNC, the FBI, the Justice Department,” said Fitton before asking, “how did they use this dossier?”
“How did they use this dossier? Was Mueller using this dossier? Was it used to justify to a court to get warrants to spy on Trump and his team?”
“That’s the collusion,” added Fitton.
“Bruce Ohr is the first indication that we have that the Justice Department was involved in this dossier that’s been so controversial.”
Video credit: Judicial Watch
Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson recently admitted in a court document that his firm hired Nellie Ohr, the wife of Bruce Ohr to investigate then-candidate Donald Trump.