I have been consulted by a member of that group in relation to another subject and willingly assisted.
I would not have assisted in relation to the FinCEN Files if I had been invited to. To put it simply, it would be against my principles and sense of honour. This is why.
The source material was illegally obtained
Some three years ago, US website Buzzfeed was offered material which a member of staff at FinCEN had illegally removed from her employer.
To explain – a individual who is authorised to access a computer system in pursuit of his employment turns that legal access into an illegal access when his purpose in accessing that computer falls outside the authorised purposes.
FinCEN is the USA’s Financial Intelligence Unit which means that it receives, from tens of thousands of businesses, reports of
a) transactions that exceed a threshold figure which varies according to the nature of the business and
b) suspicious activity reports, known as SARs, which detail concerns that the reporting business has that there is something about the transaction, or proposed transaction, that may indicate that the customer or client is directly or indirectly involved in a financial crime such as money laundering or terrorist financing.
I’ll explain more on this later.
It is a criminal offence for any person, be it an individual or a business, to reveal the fact that a suspicious activity report has been filed with FinCEN.
It is, especially, a criminal offence to reveal any information that may tend to reveal that a suspicious activity report has been filed in such a way that the subject of the report may find out about it.
That’s before one looks at any non-disclosure agreements that an employee of the US Treasury and its units (of which FinCEN is one) enter into. And we know they do, and that they are subject to vetting before starting work there.