Statement from Leonie Industries Regarding Investigation of Misinformation Campaign Against USA Today

Leonie Launched Internal Investigation with Support of Digital Forensics

When Leonie Industries learned in April of a “misinformation campaign” against two USA Today reporters who had recently reported on the company, Leonie immediately launched an internal investigation to determine whether any employee was involved and Leonie strongly condemned the activity described in the article.  In addition, Leonie has since engaged an independent digital forensics firm to augment its internal investigation.

To date, the investigation indicates that no Leonie employee was engaged in anonymous online activity directed against the reporters.  However, on Sunday, May 20, Leonie’s management was informed by Camille Chidiac, who owns a minority interest in Leonie and who was personally referenced in the USA Today coverage, that he was involved in the online activity.

In 2008, Mr. Chidiac resigned as an employee of Leonie, and since then, he has not been involved in any way with the operation and management of the company and its contracts. Accordingly, Mr. Chidiac does not have access to Leonie's bank accounts and other financial resources, derived from government contracts or otherwise, and he used non-Leonie funds to participate in the online activity.

This was the act of an individual, not the company.  Leonie Industries was not aware of and did not authorize Mr. Chidiac’s online activity concerning the reporters.

Mr. Chidiac is being removed as an owner of the company. In addition, Leonie has contacted government officials to inform them of the situation and will continue to work with government officials on this matter.

Leonie Industries Corporate Overview
Founded: 2001

Experience: National and international experience in multi-media communications and production. (Learn more about our Proven Experience)

Offices: Washington, VA; Los Angeles, CA; Tampa, FL; Baghdad, Iraq; Kabul, Afghanistan

Global Media Alliance: 200+ communication companies in 106 countries; Access to 91,000+ employees in 2,000 offices worldwide

Core Solutions: Research and Planning, Media Production and Distribution, Digital Media and Creative Services, Cultural Advisory Services

Awards: Excellent customer ratings and recommendations

Associations: USO, World Affairs Council, US Chamber of Commerce

Regional Expertise: Middle East, North Africa, South America, Southeast Asia