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Feds Misconduct by CIA’s Foggo spanned decades

Alex Constantine - February 25, 2009


KyleFoggo cia 090128 mn - FedsALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former CIA agent rose to the agency's No. 3 rank despite a record of misconduct that stretched over 20 years, prosecutors said, but his career came to an end with his conviction in a bribery scheme.

In court papers, prosecutors describe how, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo was investigated in the late 1980s for punching a bicyclist in a traffic dispute and for numerous relationships with foreign women that could have compromised security.

Foggo rose through the ranks to become the agency's executive director from 2004 to 2006. Had his crimes gone uncovered, he planned to retire and run for Congress in San Diego, according to prosecutors.

Instead, Foggo is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria after pleading guilty to a single count of fraud as part of a plea bargain. He is the highest ranking CIA officer ever to be convicted of a federal felony.

The fraud was part of a bribery ring that included Foggo's old friend, contractor Brent Wilkes, and former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, both of whom have been sentenced to years in prison.

Court papers filed this week offer the most detailed glimpse yet of Foggo's misconduct, which included getting his mistress hired to a $100,000 a year job at the CIA and steering millions of dollars in CIA contracts to Wilkes.

In the late 1980s, when Foggo was as a young CIA agent, a foreign government filed a formal diplomatic protest following a traffic encounter involving Foggo. According to an affidavit from Jim Olson, a former CIA counterintelligence chief who was Olson's supervisor at an undisclosed location, Foggo's car was blocking a bicycle path and an upset cyclist smacked the car's trunk. Foggo responded by pushing the man off his bike, punching him in the face and driving off.

Foggo claimed the incident was fabricated by local authorities as part of a shakedown; Olson said he found Foggo's explanation "entirely unrealistic and implausible." But Olson said he lacked the authority to interview local police about the incident, and could do nothing more than refer it to CIA headquarters for possible disciplinary action.

Olson also said Foggo failed to report numerous contacts and relationships with foreign women, creating a possible security risk.

Olson said he was "flabbergasted" that then-director Porter Goss made Foggo executive director and that Goss "had been taken in by a 'con man' like Foggo."

"I was not surprised when I learned of his guilty plea," Olson wrote in his affidavit. "I knew Mr. Foggo was a person who was seriously flawed, ethically and morally, who would cut corners to achieve his aims."

Goss, in an affidavit, said he felt "deceived and betrayed by Mr. Foggo, who personally assured me that there was nothing that would reflect poorly on me or on the CIA if I selected him."

Court papers also spell out Foggo's plan to run for Congress in California. According to two affidavits, Foggo told multiple people that he was waiting for Cunningham to retire and then intended to run for his seat. ...

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