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February 13, 2007

Former Top CIA Official Indicted

The corruption parade continues:

The CIA’s former No. 3 official and a defense contractor were charged Tuesday with fraud and other offenses in the corruption investigation that sent former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham to prison, The Associated Press has learned.

Federal indictments named Kyle “Dusty” Foggo, executive director of the CIA until he resigned in May, and his close friend, San Diego defense contractor Brent Wilkes, both 52, according to two government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because grand jury proceedings are secret [...]

In a separate indictment, Wilkes was charged with conspiring to bribe Cunningham in return for government contracts. A man who was described as a co-conspirator in Cunningham’s 2005 plea agreement, John T. Michael, was also charged with providing false information about the role Wilkes played in paying off a mortgage on Cummingham's home in California [...]
TPM Muckraker reports that U.S. Attorney Carol Lam ordered the indictment before leaving her job on Thursday.

Downwithtyranny notes:

Think of this as a farewell gift from Carol Lam, the Republican prosecutor fired by the Bush Regime-- without cause-- in order to derail the investigation which had already nailed Cunningham and is close to ending the political careers of at least 4 California Republican congressmen. Do you remember when this investigation was dismissed by Bush operatives as a fantasy existing nowhere but in the fevered minds of bloggers?
The Cunningham dominoes continue to fall. Who will be next? Jerry Lewis? Duncan Hunter? Virgil Good, Jr.?

Summary of interesting tidbits and full text of the indictment from TPM Muckraker.

Via Laura Rozen, Current CIA Chief Michael Hayden issues a statement with this interesting note from Laura:

Having been among those on the early end of a bit of bureaucratic push back from said agency about whether I should publish anything about Foggo and his connections to Wilkes at all, I am not so sure the investigation into Foggo was initially internally generated.

posted at 9:39 PM by Wonky Muse

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