|Date||1970s - 1990s|
|Exposed by||Michael Riconosciuto|
|Interest of||Danny Casolaro, Fred Lee Crisman|
|Description||Complex financial/political fraud the full dimensions of which were never uncovered, but some of which were forced onto the official record.|
"The DOJ began withholding payments to Inslaw in 1983, a month after Inslaw’s owners had refused to sell the company to a friend of the Attorney General, and a year after Inslaw had demonstrated the software to the FBI for use as their new case management software."
While investigating elements of this story, journalist Danny Casolaro died in what was twice ruled a suicide. Prior to his death, Casolaro had warned friends if they were ever told he had committed suicide not to believe it, and to know he had been murdered. Many have argued that his death was suspicious, deserving closer scrutiny; some have argued further, believing his death was a murder, committed to hide whatever Casolaro had uncovered. "I believe he was murdered," wrote former Attorney General Elliot Richardson in the New York Times, "but even if that is no more than a possibility, it is a possibility with such sinister implications as to demand a serious effort to discover the truth." Kenn Thomas and Jim Keith discuss this in their book, The Octopus: Secret Government and the Death of Danny Casolaro Writing on behalf of a majority opinion in House Report 102-857, Committee Chairman, Jack Brooks (D-TX) wrote, "As long as the possibility exists that Danny Casolaro died as a result of his investigation into the INSLAW matter, it is imperative that further investigation be conducted."
- Document:The Political Dominance of The Cabal
- Reporter Is Buried Amid Questions Over His Pursuit of Conspiracy Idea New York Times
- [http://w2.eff.org/legal/cases/INSLAW/inslaw_hr.summary Addendum to the "Bua Rebuttal": Executive Summary
- A High-Tech Watergate 1991-10-21 publisher =New York Times
- The Octopus was the name that Casolaro had intended to title his book. (See also: Alfred W. McCoy and Claire Sterling.)