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CIA Officer Was A 'Con Man,' Prosecutors Say

POSTED: 12:52 PM ET, 02/25/2009 by Derek Kravitz

Check out the court filing on the Foggo case below

As lifelong best friends, CIA executive director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo and California defense contractor Brent Wilkes did nearly everything together. Their families went on overseas vacations to Scotland and Hawaii, shared meals at Washington restaurants, such as the Capital Grille, and frequently exchanged e-mails and phone calls about their various goings-on.

But prosecutors also found that for more than three years, Foggo, the No. 3 official at the agency, steered millions of government contracts to Wilkes in exchange for gifts and favors -- for "a taste of the life that awaited him" after he retired from the agency, according to court documents (PDF) released this week.

In those same court documents, Foggo is likened to a charismatic "con man" who was never "truly honest." Prosecutors say a sense of "narcissism and patriotism" drove his actions; a former supervisor of Foggo, who knew him for decades, said he "was seriously flawed, ethically and morally, who would cut corners to achieve his aims."

For his part, Foggo blamed Wilkes and said his crimes constituted a "lapse in judgment."

Foggo pleaded guilty in September in federal court to one count of wire fraud stemming from sweetheart contracting deals he awarded to his friend and a high-level CIA job he got for his mistress.

Prosecutors say he received $1,000 meals and lavish vacations from Wilkes in exchange for helping Wilkes score CIA contracts. Foggo, 53, was originally charged last year with 28 counts of wire and mail fraud, unlawful money transactions and making false statements.

The favors he got from Wilkes included an offer of a "high-level, high-paying" job in Wilkes's companies after he retired; family vacations in Scotland, aboard a private jet, and a trip to a Hawaiian estate; a cigar humidor; and meals at the Capital Grille, Ruth's Chris Steak House and the Serbian Crown in Washington.

At his sentencing on Thursday, Foggo faces up to 20 years in prison for the one count (although prosecutors have recommended he serve only 37 months).

The plea deal was announced in September, about three weeks after Foggo threatened to divulge classified information about the identities of numerous agents and programs as part of his defense, prosecutors said.

His attorneys wanted to "portray Foggo as a hero engaged in actions necessary to protect the public from terrorist acts," prosecutors said at the time. They called his efforts "a thinly disguised attempt to twist this straightforward case into a referendum on the global war on terror," according to court filings.

Foggo was long considered a pseudo-political appointee by former CIA Director Porter J. Goss, a man who had served with the agency for 25 years in far-flung outposts in Honduras, Austria and Germany and had prided himself in his new role as the watchdog over media leaks by CIA officials.

Foggo first was implicated in the corruption scheme back in March 2006, when former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, a California Republican, was sentenced to more than eight years in prison for accepting bribes and gifts. As part of his sentence, Cunningham admitted using his seats on the House appropriations and intelligence committees to earmark funding for programs intended for business associates, including Wilkes.

The CIA's inspector general began looking into Foggo's dealings with Wilkes, a friend from the pair's high school and college days. At the time, the agency said the review was routine and confirmed that Foggo had attended private poker games with Wilkes at a Washington hotel, but stressed that Foggo said he had done nothing improper. (Wilkes later pleaded guilty to bribery for giving Cunningham money and other gifts in exchange for nearly $90 million in work from the Pentagon. He was sentenced in February to 12 years in prison.)

After Goss was forced to resign in April 2006, Foggo said he would resign, too.

Federal agents then searched Foggo's seventh-floor suite at CIA headquarters -- an event some agency officials described as unprecedented -- and hauled away boxes of evidence from his home in the Oakdale Park section of Vienna. Congressional investigators opened up their own probe and he was indicted in February 2007.

By Derek Kravitz |  February 25, 2009; 12:52 PM ET Hot Documents
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a former supervisor of Foggo, who knew him for decades, said he "was seriously flawed, ethically and morally, who would cut corners to achieve his aims."


This is exactly the type of people rise through the ranks to be high government officials. Something is seriously wrong with our system.


Posted by: Mickey2 | February 25, 2009 2:15 PM

Caliphacy Note... THIS JUST FOOLISHNESS... SO YOU SAY THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS IN THE TOP AMERICAN SECURITY POST!!!! a'udhu bi Rabbi-n-nas!!!! this is why i am an agent of Allah(s.w.t) and the Ahl al-Bayt of Allah(s.w.t)... na'aam inna... ... ... SO YOU SAY THE ALL THAT MATTERS TO THE TOP AMERICAN SECURITY AGENT IS THEIR OWN WEALTH AND GAIN, EVEN IF IT PUT'S OTHERS IN THE HOLE OR HARMS WAY!!!!... WELL... Ana qul ka iyya Allah taina fi Kasab wa Malu!!!! na'aam inna.

Posted by: ahmadmali | February 25, 2009 2:22 PM

Sahmadmali sounds like he's a few grains short of a dune. Someone please throw a shoe at this whacko - |.

Posted by: gordonhamel@cox.net | February 25, 2009 2:50 PM

Goss, Cunningham, Foggo, all Republican criminals (or is that a redundant phrase?).

Posted by: hairguy01 | February 25, 2009 3:20 PM

@Posted by: Mickey2
"This is exactly the type of people rise through the ranks to be high government officials. Something is seriously wrong with our system."

Well, this is typical throughout the DoD Mickey. Yes, that is scarey and I work for some of them...

Posted by: darmar40 | February 25, 2009 3:22 PM

So who has all the money? Or was the money ever returned? Carol Lam lost her US Attorney position and I'll just bet there is a lot more to this story that was not spoken about......more players.

Posted by: avahome | February 25, 2009 3:35 PM

What you have to understand is that this is all operational cover for highly patriotic missions. These guys are like Charlie Wilson without the Hollywood film starring Tom Hanks. They're the ones keeping America safe, not you.

Posted by: blasmaic | February 25, 2009 4:43 PM

And certainly not the Washington Post.

Posted by: blasmaic | February 25, 2009 4:43 PM

Here is yet another example of why government is ineffective. They KNEW this guy was bad news, and yet he maintained a job for YEARS. One more reason why I don't trust the government to run anything.

Posted by: brainfart007 | February 25, 2009 5:38 PM

a charismatic "con man" who was never "truly honest ....... a sense of "narcissism and patriotism" drove his actions .... seriously flawed, ethically and morally, who would cut corners to achieve his aims."

And that, in a nut shell my friends, is the definition of The Republican Party.

Posted by: thebobbob | February 25, 2009 6:22 PM

a charismatic "con man" who was never "truly honest...a sense of "narcissism and patriotism" drove his actions...seriously flawed ethically and morally, who would cut corners to achieve his aims."

Rod Blagojevich, William (Cold Cash) Jefferson and Charlie (No taxes) Rangel belong to which party again, BobBob?

That is the definition of political parasites in both parties.

Posted by: RoyT1 | February 25, 2009 11:32 PM

To those of you who have posted such rude comments about Republicans in general:
What happened to our country that we cannot have a discourse of thought without having pure HATRED for the opposite opinion? There are crooks of every political and religious persuasion - as well as every race, and color and sex. The sooner we start actually trying to understand one another and come to some common ground, the better off we ALL will be.

Posted by: quiterad1 | February 26, 2009 1:15 AM

A man who compromised and threatens to further compromise national security.

An Enemy. A skilled extortionist.

Your oath contained the words: "...will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

In time of war, the sanction is....a few months in a country club?

Posted by: joel5 | February 26, 2009 9:25 AM

Well, it is certainly true that neither party can claim to be free from corruption, that is a fact. For example, Rep. Jack Murtha (D) will be in the news soon for his dealings with the PMA Group, a defense lobbying firm that he steered something like $98M in contracts to.

Darmar40, the companies have to execute the contracts. They don't get to pocket the money. But defense contractors make huge profits. That is partly why the Iraq war has been so expensive. Politicians steer the contracts to these Beltway Bandits, and then they are rewarded by the company.

I think that a CIA officer should be imprisoned for life for doing something like this. We trust them more than anyone, because so much of what they do is in secret. Its a more profound violation.

Posted by: DCDenizen2 | February 26, 2009 2:21 PM

Foggo is just another in a line of corrupt civil servants. Republicans should not point to Chicago and the Democrats as Democrats need not point to Ohio. Becasue the prison ceils have been represented by both parties with their continual defrauding the United States. Until pensions are removed for convictions of civil servants nothing will change.

Posted by: phjesuswarrior7 | February 27, 2009 3:57 PM

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