As an advisor to the Department of Homeland Security, Mohammed Elibiary was given access to sensitive government documents.
Now the Texas Muslim activist stands accused of leaking some of those documents to the media to spread charges of "Islamophobia."
One lawmaker on Capitol Hill is demanding answers.
Out of 26 members on the Department of Homeland Security's Advisory Council, only Elibiary was granted access to a nationwide database that includes terror watch lists and sensitive FBI reports.
It's unclear why Elibiary was given this special privilege -- but he now finds himself in hot water.
He's accused of taking confidential documents from the Texas Department of Public Safety and shopping them to the media.
His reported goal was to damage Texas governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry by showing the so-called "Islamophobia" of Texas government agencies.
"Within hours of getting access he had downloaded those documents and began marketing to these publications," investigative journalist Patrick Poole told CBN News.
Poole broke the story at PJMedia.com after being tipped off by one of the publications about Elibiary's alleged plans.
"Oddly enough, Elibiary sits on the Texas Department of Public Safety Advisory Council," Poole said. "This was his own agency that he was sabotaging -- or trying to sabotage."
No Stranger to Controversy
Elibiary is no stranger to controversy. In 2004, he spoke at a Texas conference honoring Iran's notorious Ayatollah Khomeini as a "great Islamic visionary."
He's written in praise of one of the most influential Islamic radicals of the modern era: former Muslim Brotherhood leader Sayyid Qutb.
He has also spoken out against the prosecution of Hamas fundraisers in the United States.
In a disturbing 2006 email exchange with a Dallas Morning News editor, Elibiary wrote: "Treat people as inferiors and you can expect someone to put a banana in your exhaust pipe or something."
Yet Elibiary has marketed himself as a moderate expert on Muslim de-radicalization -- and the U.S. government has taken notice.
In 2010, he was named to a working group that helped shape the Obama administration's counterterrorism strategy.
Congressman Wants Answers
Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano later swore in Elibiary as part of her advisory council.
"You read his writings, he is defending Sayyid Qutb...a guy that Osama bin Laden referred to and studied to give him a basis for his acts of violence," Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said.
"And (Napolitano) puts the guy on the Homeland Security Advisory Committee, gives him a secret clearance?" he asked.
Gohmert wants an investigation into the Elibiary leak case. He grilled Napolitano about it on Capitol Hill last month during a congressional hearing. At the time, she promised to look into it.
A Larger Problem
Gohmert told CBN News the Elibiary incident reflects a larger problem of radical Islamists, including some linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, advising the U.S. government on its counterterrorism policies.
"They're bringing in the Muslim Brotherhood to the inner sanctum and saying 'Look, they like us! This means peace in our time!' And what they're doing is subjecting this nation to real danger," he said.
Elibiary's access to the Homeland Security database has reportedly been revoked since the scandal broke.
Elibiary has not responded to CBN News's request for comment. A Homeland Security spokesman promised CBN News he'd look into the matter, but we have yet to hear back.