December 06, 2005

CIA Tainted By Corruption Scandals

Talking Points Memo ties the Duke Cunningham scandal to the CIA, specifically the Agency's Executive Director. Kyle Dustin "Dusty" Foggo. Foggo is the number three man today at the CIA, after being promoted by Bush's new "Intelligence Czar" Porter Goss.

Foggo has embarrassingly close ties to the top co-conspirator in the Duke case, Mr. Brent Wilkes of San Diego:
Wilkes is commonly referred to as a 'defense contractor'. His real line of work, though, seems a bit different. Wilkes' specialized in finding companies or products for which the DoD had little or no use and then lathering up a few members of Congress so they'd force the Pentagon to buy his junk.
Government Executive magazine quotes "numerous current and retired CIA officials" tipping Foggo to take a fall.

See, George, that's the problem with blowing the cover of CIA agents, promoting cronies over the heads of other CIA agents and then encouraging any remaining half-decent CIA agents to resign: these are not the kind of people you want to piss off.

Update: Curioser and curioser... More dirt on lobbyist Brent Wilkes:
According to the U-T, Wilkes also "ran a hospitality suite, with several bedrooms, in" DC -- "first in the Watergate Hotel and then" in a Capitol Hill hotel.
Does such a "hospitality suite" indicate a prostitution ring for GOP insiders? That's the gossip...

It's about time Bush's GOP had its own sex scandal - they have covered pretty much every other kind of depravity. Amused discussion at Daily Kos suggests this could explain how Mr Gannon/Guckert got through the back door of the White House!

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