Who Is Special Agent Mark W. Burnett? (FBI)

In FBI Harassment, Tor developer isis agora lovecruft describes a tale of FBI harrassment, that begins with this business card:


The card was left while no one was at home. At best the business card is a weak indicator of a visitor’s identity. It was later confirmed Mark W. Burnett had visited, in various conversations between counsel and the FBI. See the original post for the harassment story.

What can we find out about Special Agent Mark W. Burnett? Reasoning if the FBI is watching us, we damned sure better be watching them.

The easiest thing to find is that Mark W. Burnett isn’t a “special agent in charge,” as per the FBI webpage for the Los Angeles office. A “special agent in charge” is a higher “rank” than a “special agent.”

Turning to Google, here’s a screenshot of my results:


The first two “hits” are the same Special Agent Mark W. Burnett (the second one requires a password) but the first one says in relevant part:

Special Luncheon Speaker – Mr. Mark W. Burnett, FBI Cyber Special Agent, who will discuss the Bureau’s efforts regarding cyber security measures

The event was:

3rd Annual West Coast Cyber Security Summit
Special Report on Cyber Technology and Its Impact on the Banking Community
The California Club
538 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

If you don’t know the California Club, as the song says “…you aren’t supposed to be here.”

So we know that Mark W. Burnett was working for the FBI in May of 2014.

The third “hit” is someone who says they know a Mark W. Burnett but it doesn’t go any further than that.

The last two “hits” are interesting because they both point to the Congressional Record on February 1, 2010, wherein the Senate confirms the promotion of a “Mark. W. Burnett” to the rank of colonel in the United States Army.

I searched U.S. District Court decisions at Justia but could not find any cases where Mark W. Burnett appeared.

The hand written “desk phone” detracts from the professionalism of the business card. It also indicates that Mark hasn’t been in the Los Angeles office long enough to get better cards.

What do you know about Special Agent Mark W. Burnett?

PS: There are hundreds of FBI agents from Los Angeles on LinkedIn but Mark W. Burnett isn’t one of them. At least not by that name.

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