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Biden’s suspended Iran envoy may have improperly shared classified material: report 

A congressional investigation into the suspension of President Biden’s special envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, has uncovered evidence that State Department officials may have shared classified materials with individuals outside the U.S. government.

Evidence uncovered by Republican lawmakers shows that Malley, who was quietly placed on unpaid leave in June last year and had his security clearance suspended two months earlier, distributed classified documents to allies to “advance diplomatic efforts” regarding Tehran, a person familiar with the investigation told Semaphore.

Republican lawmakers found that Malley, who was tasked with leading the Biden administration’s diplomatic relations with America’s adversaries, had transferred about a dozen documents, including classified and highly classified documents, to his personal devices. Reportedly.

Murray’s security clearance was suspended last year and he was placed on unpaid administrative leave by the State Department. Getty Images

The documents reportedly included “detailed memos” he exchanged with Iranian officials in the months leading up to his suspension, as well as materials related to the U.S. government’s response to the 2022 Mahsa Amini protests in Iran.

Earlier this month, the top Republicans on the Senate and House Foreign Affairs committees called on the State Department to investigate “disturbing allegations” that Malley stored classified material on his personal email account and mobile phone that was later accessed by “hostile cyber actors.”

“Specifically, we understand that Malley’s security clearance was suspended due to allegations that he forwarded classified documents to a personal email account and downloaded them to a personal mobile phone,” Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), wrote in a May 6 letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“While it is unclear to whom he intended to give these documents, it is believed that a hostile cyber attacker gained access to his email and phone and obtained the downloaded information,” lawmakers said at the time.

At the time, a State Department spokesman told The Washington Post that Malley remained on administrative leave and that the State Department had provided information to Congress about its personnel investigation into Iran policy, but would not comment on the specific allegations raised by Risch and McCaul.

Malley is the Biden administration’s top envoy for Iran. web
One of the documents transferred by Marri to his personal device appears to be related to the protests in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody after allegedly violating Iranian law requiring women to wear headscarves.
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In 2015, the FBI opened a criminal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for conduct similar to those alleged against Murray.

Clinton was found to have stored tens of thousands of emails sent or received during her time at the State Department on multiple unsecured private servers, including 81 emails that discussed classified information and seven emails that referenced classified material deemed to be at Top Secret/Special Access Program level.

The FBI determined that Clinton was “extremely careless” and that opponents may have accessed her personal email account, but did not charge her with a crime.

Murray is currently under investigation by the FBI, according to McCaul and Risch.

The FBI and State Department did not immediately respond to The Washington Post’s requests for comment.

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