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*JAMES O’KEEFE/FBI Affidavit*

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I’ve been a Special Agent with the FBI in New Orleans for 6 years. In total, I’ve spent 19 years in law enforcement. I’m assigned to the Violent Crime Squad investigating federal crimes such as bank robberies and fugitives within the Eastern District of Louisiana.

On January 25, 2010, individuals entered Senator Mary Landrieu’s office in the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans, to tamper with the phone system. They did this by pretending to be phone repairmen. Witnesses identified them as Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan. It was later determined James O’Keefe and San Dai were also involved.
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*JAMES O’KEEFE/FBI Affidavit*

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The Hale Boggs Federal Building is owned and operated by the USA, and managed by the US General Services Administration (GSA).

At 11 a.m. on January 25, 2010, Flanagan and Basel showed up in Landrieu’s office dressed in blue jeans, a work shirt and fluorescent green vest, with a tool belt and carrying a white hard hat. Basel and Flanagan went to Landrieu’s office on the 10th floor. Witness #1, a member of the staff, said James O’Keefe was already in the office saying he was waiting for someone to arrive.

Witness #1 said Flanagan and Basel claimed they were technicians from the phone company sent to work on problems with the system. O’Keefe positioned his cell phone in his hand so he could record them.

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*JAMES O’KEEFE/FBI Affidavit*

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Basel asked to use a phone, so Witness #1 let him use the main one on the reception desk. Witness #1 saw Basel lift the handset and manipulate the phone, then call in from his cell phone. He said his call wouldn’t go through. Flanagan then also tried to call in using his cell phone.

They then told Witness #1 they needed to work on the main phone system and asked for directions to the telephone closet. Witness #1 directed them there.

Flanagan and Basel told Witness #2, a GSA employee, they were employees of the phone company and needed to get into the telephone closet to do some repairs. When Witness #2 asked to see credentials, they claimed they left them in their vehicle.

Neither Flanagan nor Basel work for the phone company, or are repairmen.

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*JAMES O’KEEFE/FBI Affidavit*

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Since this happened, Flanagan and Basel have admitted to federal agents that they lied to get into Senator Landrieu’s office. O’Keefe and Dai also admitted to federal agents that they schemed with Flanagan and Basel to plan, coordinate and prepare the operation. O’Keefe also admitted to recording them on his cell phone.

For all these reasons, I believe it’s reasonable to believe Flanagan and Basel, assisted by O’Keefe and Dai, entered a Unites States office on January 25, 2010 for the purpose of tampering with the phone system.

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