CIA Executive Director Under Investigation for Bribery
ABC News is reporting that CIA Executive Director Kyle “Dusty” Foggo is under investigation in the bribery scandal that brought down Randy “Duke” Cunningham.
A stunning investigation of bribery and corruption in Congress has spread to the CIA, ABC News has learned. A stunning investigation of bribery and corruption in Congress has spread to the CIA, ABC News has learned. The CIA Inspector General has opened an investigation into the spy agency’s executive director, Kyle “Dusty” Foggo, and his connections to two defense contractors accused of bribing a member of Congress and Pentagon officials.
The CIA released an official statement on the matter to ABC News, saying: “It is standard practice for CIA’s Office of Inspector General — an aggressive, independent watchdog — to look into assertions that mention agency officers. That should in no way be seen as lending credibility to any allegation. “Mr. Foggo has overseen many contracts in his decades of public service. He reaffirms that they were properly awarded and administered.”
One hopes that this is indeed a routine investigation and Foggo is innocent of the allegations. Still, it doesn’t look good. Newsweek‘s Mark Hosenball and Jamie Reno, who apparently brok the story, have more.
As logistics chief at the CIA’s main base near Frankfurt, Germany, Kyle (Dusty) Foggo sat at the crossroads of agency operations. Operatives and VIPs passed through, and former top spies say Foggo was customarily on hand to greet them. After Porter Goss took over as CIA director, many agency veterans were astonished when the former House intel chair chose Foggo, a midranking bureaucrat, to become CIA executive director, the agency’s third-ranking official, responsible for day-to-day operations. Insiders attributed his rise to his mastery of office politics. But Foggo’s glad-handing has raised awkward questions. Federal prosecutors have accused (as an unindicted co-conspirator) one of Foggo’s closest friends, San Diego businessman Brent Wilkes, of participating in a scheme to bribe Randall (Duke) Cunningham, the GOP congressman from San Diego who resigned his seat after pleading guilty to federal corruption and tax charges.
Elevating a “midranking bureaucrat” (which I would take to mean a GS-12 or GS-13 or equivalent) to such a senior post is, to say the least, highly unusual.
Update (3/8): Commenter “Insider,” who via email says he is a retired CIA officer, reports that “Foggo was in fact an SIS Level 3 (the CIA equivalent of SES-3).” That’s the equivalent of a 3-star flag officer. And, no, hardly “midranking.”