They call it “graymail:” where a criminal defendant threatens to disclose intelligence connections in open court to discourage or deflect legal prosecution.
Imaad Zuberi, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, is facing 12 years in prison and an $18 million fine on charges related to illegally funneling foreign money into U.S. campaign coffers, both Democrats and Republicans, without the recipients’ knowledge, sometimes on false pretenses, and siphoning off huge sums for himself (which he allegedly failed to report on his tax returns).
As he prepares for trial, multiple news reports indicate Zuberi will mount a “graymail” defense.
SpyTalk, the well-informaed intelligence newsletter, says Zuberi’s intelligence connection are real.
According to SpyTalk’s own information, Zuberi’s legal dossier shows that that he has been a witting asset or agent of the CIA since at least 2004, and that he acquired extremely sensitive political and military information on major U.S. adversaries and their senior leaderships for the agency until he came under investigation in a federal probe of illegal contributions to the Trump inaugural committee.
Among his CIA contributions, according to a source who demanded anonymity in exchange for sharing details of the court-sealed document, Zuberi:
–collected the personal, coded cell phone numbers and email addresses of senior officials in a handful of U.S. adversary countries;
–acquired “highly specialized” military and intelligence design and software materials from a major U.S. adversary;
–accepted a CIA assignment to acquire an adversary nation’s sensitive surveillance equipment for transfer to blacklisted countries;e
–employed the children and relatives of an adversary nation’s leadership in one of his companies, where they would be “accessible” to the CIA for recruitment pitches;
andpaid off foreign politicians on the CIA’s behalf to sabotage a major adversary’s foreign oil project