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DHS Employee with Top Secret Clearance Suspected of Plotting Attack

June 24, 2016  | 

A Department of Homeland Security intelligence analyst with a top secret clearance may have been plotting an attack on top department officials inside the DHS complex on Nebraska Avenue.

Agents detained him in his office, with a gun, right across the hall from a high-level meeting.

At Jonathan Wienke's home, federal agents searched for guns, two way radios, thermal imaging devices, restraining devices.

They've charged him so far only carrying a pistol without a license but they think he may have been plotting, possibly with someone else to assassinate leaders of the Department of Homeland Security.

Agents say they stopped Wienke for a random screening as he was walking into work at the heavily fortified Department of Homeland Security.

In his backpack, they say they found a couple of two-way radios, a camera to detect heat signatures, a pair of handcuffs, and a folding knife, and pepper spray. After seizing his knife and pepper spray, they let him walk in to his office.

An hour and a half later, they apparently decided to double check, and found him in his office, with a revolver in his pocket loaded with five hollow point rounds, WUSA TV reports.

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kevcopAz @ 6/25/2016 7:49 AM

so they caught the knife etc but missed the handgun? Either they missed it that same day (way stupid) or another day (bad security) at this "heavily fortified" facility. Apparently the DHS background and or mental exam needs a little tweaking as well.

LegAdv @ 6/25/2016 6:56 PM

Agreed, kevcopAz. A TS clearance is not what it used to be.

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