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Republicans say US envoy to Iran sent classified information to personal devices

Two Republican members of Congress have reportedly alleged that the suspension of US envoy to Iran Robert Malley is based on how he sent classified documents to his personal email address and downloaded them to his phone.

Washington Post. and Reuters reported this week that Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Jim Risch and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Mike McCaul made the claims in a May 6 letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Reports released this week show that congressional leaders did not provide a source for their claims.

The letter said that “it is believed that a hostile cyber actor may have accessed his email and/or phone and obtained downloaded information.”

AND Policy Friday’s report said the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation into whether a foreign actor obtained confidential documents.

Last year, the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs reported National that President Joe Biden’s administration “refused” to provide information about Malley’s suspension in closed-door congressional meetings.

According to Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Department confirmed Malley’s suspension in June, right after U.S. officials traveled to Oman to begin indirect talks with Iran.

The career diplomat announced months later that he had joined the faculty of Princeton University, adding in a statement released by the Ivy League institution that he would return to government service “in due course.”

This was announced by a representative of the House of Representatives committee National last year, the Biden administration cited the Privacy Act in its restrained response to questions about Malley’s leave.

According to the Department of Justice, the Privacy Act “prohibits the disclosure of information about an individual from the registry system without the individual’s written consent,” but provides exceptions for disclosure, including to Congress.

Updated: May 10, 2024, 8:43 p.m