FBI INTELLIGENCE INVESTIGATIONS: Coordination Within Justice on Counterintelligence Criminal Matters Is Limited
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Recent Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI intelligence investigations identifying possible significant criminal violations have brought to light serious problems that have limited whether and when the FBI coordinates its investigations with the Department of Justices DOJ Criminal Division. These investigations involved allegations that the Peoples Republic of China was seeking to influence the 1996 Presidential election in the United States and that nuclear weapons design secrets at the Los Alamos National Laboratory had been compromised. Timely coordination 1 on such intelligence investigations can be important because the Criminal Division may be able to advise the FBI on ways to 1 preserve its intelligence sources so that they would not be compromised in the event of subsequent prosecution and 2 enhance the evidence needed to prosecute the alleged crimes. In addition, prosecutors need sufficient time to familiarize themselves with a case in order to address any court proceedings emanating from the perpetrators arrests.
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