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4 August 2014

CNAS Threatens Lawsuit for Photo

Subject: Center for a New American Security threatens lawsuit over photo
From: Shepherd Johnson
To: <cryptome[at]>


Took this photo in October 2011 of Scott Rickard in Freedom Plaza off
Pennsylvania Ave., Washington D.C. out in front of the building that
house offices for the Center for a New American Security. Leslie Deak,
Board of Advisors of the CNAS just posted threatening Rickard with a
lawsuit claiming:

"This post is untrue and libelous. Please remove. Immediately. Face
book and counsel have been notified." -Les Deak


The mission of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is to
develop strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense
policies. Building on the expertise and experience of its staff and
advisors, CNAS engages policymakers, experts and the public with
innovative, fact-based research, ideas and analysis to shape and
elevate the national security debate. A key part of our mission is to
inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and

CNAS is located in Washington, and was established in February 2007 by
co-founders Dr. Kurt M. Campbell and Michèle A. Flournoy. CNAS is a
501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Its research is independent
and non-partisan. CNAS does not take institutional positions on policy
issues and all views, positions, and conclusions expressed in its
publications should be understood to be solely those of the authors.

CNAS board members, founders, leaders, scholars, and interns have held
or gone on to prominent positions in the U.S. government, at the
departments of Defense and State; the White House; the Central
Intelligence Agency; Congress; and the private sector. CNAS enjoys a
strong network of supporters in all corners of the policymaking
community as a result.

Robert Leslie Deak is President and Chief Executive Officer of
Bittachon Holdings, Inc, a firm based out of Rye, New York, that
develops and manages companies in the United States and the broader
Middle East. Previously, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer of American National Bank of New York from 1985 to 1991 and
before that was President and CEO of Deak-Perera US, Inc., from 1973
to 1985.

Deak is a participant in the Peace Action Network-Arab American Action
Forum, which coordinates forums around the world to improve
communications and understanding among Christian, Muslim, and Jewish
communities. In this capacity, he has led public-private partnerships
to fund schools in rural areas and rejuvenate the agricultural base in
the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

Mr. Deak also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the
National Defense University Foundation and the Board of Advisors of
the Center for a New American Security. He is a Trustee of the
Washington National Opera and the Deak Family Foundation. He received
a B.A. in International Economics from Haverford College.