How Russian Espionage Got A Frat Shut Down

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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Russia’s likely attempt to influence the 2016 election inadvertently got the Pi Kappa Phi chapter at The George Washington University shut down.

The saga began in September when, a site the U.S. intelligence community believes is a Russian espionage front, released the personal emails of Democratic party operative Ian Mellul, a GWU alumnus. Among the emails were the social security numbers of Secret Service agents, a purported scanned copy of First Lady Michelle Obama’s passport, and fraternity listserv emails from Mellul’s time in the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

The listserv emails reportedly detailed GWU Code of Conduct violations, including hazing allegations. “For the pledges who show up to this, please make them your slaves…make drinks, watch pukers, etc.,” one fraternity member allegedly wrote in a fraternity wide email.

Another email detailed plans for a party saying “We got a mixer tomorrow night with the lovely ladies of Chi Omega. Theme is Golf Pros and Tennis Hoes (they are telling sisters its Golf Pros and Tennis Chi-Os but we all know the truth).” Particularly damning was one email saying “Guys stop being so Jewish and donate some pennies for fucks sake.”

“As a result of information that surfaced recently detailing ‘Code of Student Conduct’ violations, Pi Kappa Phi National Headquarters has decided to suspend the charter of the Theta Zeta Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at The George Washington University, closing the chapter,” GWU’s director of student involvement and Greek life Christina Witkowicki said in an email obtained by The GW Hatchet.

Mellul seems to have understood the sensitive nature of some of the listserv emails. He admonished others on an email chain at one point saying “This is such a bad violation of recruitment policies and nationals could royally fuck us if they wanted to… I’m not being a narc but you gotta at least keep a clean paper.”

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