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February 24, 2011 6:05 PM

Hacked E-mail Release Spurs Ethics Complaint Against Hunton Partners

Posted by Claire Zillman

Stop the Chamber, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce critic, filed an ethics complaint on Wednesday with the D.C. Bar against Robert Quackenboss, John Woods, and Richard Wyatt, Jr., of Hunton & Williams.

The complaint follows the release of thousands of e-mails that suggested the three partners participated in an effort to undercut liberal activists, reports sibling publication the Blog of the Legal Times.

The complaint accuses the three lawyers of violating Rule 8.4 of the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct--which prohibits conduct involving "dishonest, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation"--by collaborating with a trio of security companies on a plan to gather information on and undermine chamber critics, including Stop the Chamber.

The e-mails show employees of the security companies--—HBGary Federal, Palantir Technologies, and Berico Technologies--discussing covert ways to "discredit" U.S. Chamber Watch, including the creation of a forged document and "fake insider personas," reports the BLT.

The e-mails cited in the complaint were among more than 71,000 e-mails from HBGary that pro-Wikileak hackers publicly released after breaking into the e-mail accounts of company executives.

Some of those e-mails indicate that Hunton was in contact with HBGary about pitching services aimed at protecting against Wikileaks attacks on such firm clients as Bank of America and the Chamber of Commerce.

Hunton, which has previously declined to comment on the e-mails, did not return the BLTs requests for comment. D.C. Bar counsel Wallace Shipp, Jr., declined to comment, citing bar confidentiality rules. 

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The same corrupt crowd is silencing bank whistle blowers -


Ever wonder why we don't hear from bank whistle blowers with all the fraud in the banking and mortgage industries? Bank whistle blowers are routinely silenced by corrupt companies like HBGary and Hunton Williams.

I worked on the first McKinsey Client Team when I joined SunTrust Bank (it was Trust Company of Georgia at the time) and was able to see the bank's operations from a very unusual perspective.

Three SunTrust Executive Vice Presidents were fired for accounting improprieties during a major SEC investigation - the EVP I reported to survived. When I was told a trusted work colleague was pushed to suicide by the problems, I went to the SEC with additional information.

The hacking and spoofing of my Verizon Blackberry cellphone and email, the stalk and smear campaign, thefts and vandalism that CONTINUES TODAY today escalated dramatically.

It's really hard to get good legal help when your telephone and email are hacked. I have money to pay attorneys and brokerage statements to prove it.

If you have a good NYC legal referral, please get it to me - try postal mail, I get no responses by email.

Sooner or later the truth will come out!

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