MCSO Laundry Worker Accused of Leaking Sensitive Info to "Anti-Government" Author

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Matthew Hendley
A Maricopa County Sheriff's Office employee is accused of leaking sensitive law-enforcement documents to a person the agency describes as an "anti-government" author.

The employee, Joseph Asarisi, shouldn't have had access to such documents, because he's not even a law-enforcement officer -- he's been doing laundry for the Sheriff's Office for the past 11 years.

See also:
-Arpaio's Former IT Boss Charged With Computer Tampering

According to court documents obtained by New Times, Asarisi pretended to be a deputy by using his MCSO email address as "proof" he was a law-enforcement officer, and a deputy at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office had provided Asarisi with many of these reports.

The reports, from the Homeland Security Information Network, are "law enforcement only documents pertaining to terrorism, human trafficking, Jihadist reports, as well as national and international intelligence hot sheets," according to an MCSO press release.

According to Homeland Security policies, these documents are classified as "Sensitive but Unclassified," and don't require a security clearance, but it seems pretty clear that Homeland Security doesn't want these documents handed to the laundry guy. According to that Homeland Security policy:

"Access to FOUO (For Official Use Only) information is based on "need-to-know" as determined by the holder of the information."

"When discussing or transferring FOUO information to another individual(s), ensure that the individual with whom the discussion is to be held or the information is to be transferred has a valid need-to-know, and that precautions are taken to prevent unauthorized individuals from overhearing the conversation, observing the materials, or otherwise obtaining the information."

According to court documents, Asarisi forwarded some of these documents to a man named Jack Murphy, who's a fiction writer and the managing editor of a military and terrorism news website called SOFREP.

In a press release from the Sheriff's Office, Murphy -- although not identified by name -- is called a "renowned anti-government author based in New York City."

We e-mailed Murphy about these allegations, but did not get a response. According to the Sheriff's Office, Murphy denied having any contact with Asarisi "but when pressed, quickly refused to cooperate and referred detectives to his attorney."

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Joseph Asarisi.
According to court documents, investigators believe Asarisi has been sending Murphy these documents since 2012.

According to MCSO, Asarisi was found out after IT workers "noticed a large amount of terrorism related documents on Asarisi's [e-mail] profile."

Asarisi actually was arrested on June 21, although MCSO only publicly announced the arrest yesterday afternoon.

When asked about the delay, MCSO spokesman Joaquin Enriquez told us, "This was not an easy case considering all the travel that was done to LA and New York. After Asarisi was arrested there were still more interviews and travel done to conclude this investigation."

Asarisi was booked into jail on charges of computer tampering and impersonating a law-enforcement officer, but was released without having to post bond.

According to an old Arizona Republic article, the county gave Asarisi a $1,250 bonus in 2010 for suggesting MCSO stop using laundry softener.

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Donald Hull
Donald Hull

oh no another scandal to rock the mcso office, who's next "Joe Arpaio". LOL

Clay Farrow
Clay Farrow

A scandal in the MCSO? Say it ain't so. .

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Doesn't surprise me at all considering how corrupt the MCSO is.

DNichols
DNichols

M.C.S.O. sensitive information should only be released to "Anti-Corrupt Government" Authors!

TeflonJoe
TeflonJoe

Sure hope Asarisi didn't release any of the good Shurf's time proven methods of Laundering embezeled  Richoh Funds.


Rumor is usually stolen funds go through many different accounts before the Shurf starts cutting personal checks.


In any case "Corruption" in the M.C.S.O. is only allowed for upper management.

Slappy
Slappy

Joe is lossing control over his people.  Maricopa County Deputy Seagal was with Vladimir Putin this weekend.  I think Seagal is passing secrets with Putin if you know what I mean. 

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

WK below informed us of something that is simply, well, unusual about Joe. That he doesn't have the POST and he's not a sworn officer. Therefore, it would seem improper (?) for him to wear the uniform and to carry a gun, much less going around arresting people. He's just a pol. This is kinda like a lay person becoming pope, i.e., he could be the head Catholic but because he's not an ordained priest, he couldn't say Mass. It's a fanciful analogy but you get my meaning.

fankromank555
fankromank555

Sounds like a pretty cool guy to me. 


www.AnonWays.tk

NWEng
NWEng

Yet again, another criminal is found within MCSO's own ranks; it must be the culture.  The good news is that detectives got free trips to LA and NY, while Asarisi did all this by email.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 

Please don't anybody construe this as me supporting this blowhard, but..


He's not AZ POST, but be was a cop in Nevada and then a DEA agent before becoming a politician.   As Sheriff, he has the right to wear the uniform.  As a citizen, he has the right to carry the gun. As for his right to view these documents, despite what MCSO said, the real policy is that those with a need to know for official use can see them, which probably doesn't include him, but not because he isn't POST certified.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 But then again, people that work at McDonalds also wear uniforms and are not sworn!  Joke's Uniform should look like Ronald McDonald's I guess.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@NWEng As Arpaio is NOT a sworn officer (he's not AZ Post and is simply a politician), We hope that he doesn't have access to data that is only for actual LEOs!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@NWEng 

It seems like a bit of a stretch to suggest some sort of cohesive culture that extends from the top down to the laundry room, but which somehow skips over the IT department.

 

DNichols
DNichols

@valleynative @DNichols 

No Sh---T.

Remember a few years back when documents were demanded by Federal Subpoena, and after six months of book cooking, deleting, and scrubbing corruption out of the records the M.C.S.O. finally complied?!

Good ole "Honest Joe."

 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @eric.nelson745 Maybe he can get a uniform to make him look like Elvis!  The most famous bust of his life!


Don't forget he was retired (forced retirement, it's rumored, as he was only 51) in the 80's and selling tickets for a space ship that didn't exist!


He's not AZ Post, therefore NOT a sworn officer.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @NWEng Wasn't Bob Rampey in charge of MCSO IT until he stole access to MCSO computers and logins?

NWEng
NWEng

@valleynative @NWEng I'm not sure how you inferred that I suggested it skipped IT.  Weren't they the ones who tried to strong arm the county a few years back?  The fish rots from the head down, my friend.

Ponder
Ponder

The Arizona Constitution gives county sheriffs their authority, not POST.

As a county sheriff, Joe Arpaio is the supreme law enforcement officer in Maricopa County.

The disinformation regarding POST should be discounted.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Ponder You are the supreme idiot in Maracopa County!  


Wear that honor proudly, as this county has many idiots!

Ponder
Ponder

I'm an idiot for pointing out that you are misinforming people?

Thank you for sharing your point of view.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@NWEng @valleynative 

No, I'm using a single counter-example to argue against a generalization.


You really don't know the difference??

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Ponder You're an idiot because you THINK you are correct in your post, but it's very clear you'll never understand that!

Ponder
Ponder

R13-4-103. Certification of Peace Officers

A. Certified status mandatory. A person who is not certified by the Board or whose certified status is inactive shall not function as a peace officer or be assigned the duties of a peace officer by an agency, except as provided in subsection (B).

B. Sheriffs are exempt from the requirement of certified status.

C. A person shall satisfy the minimum qualifications and training requirements to receive certified status.

D. Peace officer categories. The categories for which certified status may be granted are:

1. Full-authority peace officer,

2. Specialty peace officer,

3. Limited-authority peace officer, and

4. Limited correctional peace officer.

E. Application for certification. A person who seeks to be certified as a peace officer shall make application as follows:

1. Submit to an agency an application that contains all documents required by R13-4-105, R13-4-106(A) and (B), and R13-4-107;

2. Obtain an appointment from an agency; and

3. Obtain either a certificate of graduation from a Board-prescribed Peace Officer Basic Course or a certificate of successful completion of the waiver of training process prescribed by R13-4-110(D).

F. Establishment or enforcement of qualifications, standards, or training requirements. The Board may waive in whole or in part any provision of this Article upon a finding that the best interests of the law enforcement profession are served and the public welfare and safety is not jeopardized by the waiver. The Board may place restrictions or requirements on a peace officer as a condition of certified status.

http://www.azsos.gov/public_services/title_13/13-04.htm

For those who can read and comprehend.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows @valleynative @NWEng 

You're all demonstrably pretty poorly educated, particularly when it comes to critical thinking, so what you think you see doesn't really impress me a whole hell of a lot.


I'm arguing AGAINST the generalization that all of MCSO is corrupt, and using the fact that an entity within MCSO caught this corruption as evidence, and I'm being accused of over-generalizing??  Read a fucking book.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative I'm guessing you're looking for a level within MCSO that hasn't been shown to be corrupt.  I'll bet you're looking at the folks that re-fill the vending machines about now.  


Ask yourself, "but who has the vending machine contract for MCSO?".  


Jokes son-in-law or brother?  Joke won't say....

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative And you're clearly a self centered twit that fails to understand your own failings!


Tell me how CORRUPTION hasn't hit EVERY layer of MCSO, from Joke, to his staff, to IT (Bob Rampy), to the Posse command, to the DO's in the jail!  Need we talk about the deputy that offed himself, after working in human smuggling, yet had tons of IDs and a bunch of drugs in his garage?  Or about the time the SWAT team burned down a house and killed a puppy to serve a traffic warrant in Awhatukee?

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