Eventually, the Sheriff's Office and its powerful allies grew tired of Dougan and his damaging leaks.
"In 2015, a detective in the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office by the name of Mark Lewis was given permission by Sheriff Bradshaw and Chief Deputy Michael Gauger to hack into my email and my social media accounts," the whistleblower recalls. "I went to the FBI about it, and the FBI refused to do anything, because, well [the Sheriff's Office are] police officers, and police officers can just about do whatever they want in the United States and not be held accountable."
In anger, Dougan decided to strike back. "My philosophy was that if I'm not entitled to my privacy, they're not entitled to theirs, and I published a list
of 14,000 FBI and CIA agents – their confidential records onto my website," he says.
Little of the information unearthed by the ex-cop personally and with the help of his website would lead to any legal action being taken against the officers and officials who had been implicated. The FBI, for example, took no action because Sheriff Bradshaw had hired the son of the resident agent in charge of the FBI's West Palm field office as a deputy, no questions asked, Dougan believes.
"And then, of course, I have audio records on my website of these people bragging, saying how they have the judges in their pockets, because they do political favors for them."