FBI raids top CIA official's home
Fri May 12, 2006 20:40

FBI raids top CIA official's home
Agents searched both Mr Foggo's home and office

Mr Foggo's retirement came days after the resignation of Porter Goss

US federal agents have searched the house and office of the outgoing executive director of the CIA.

Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, formerly the third-ranking official at the spy agency, announced his retirement earlier this week.

He has been linked to a probe into possible corruption involving agency contracts, but denies any wrongdoing.

The raid comes at a time of upheaval for the CIA after the shock resignation of its head, Porter Goss, last week.

FBI agents with warrants searched Mr Foggo's home in Virginia and his office at the CIA headquarters, FBI spokeswoman April Langwell said.

She said Mr Foggo was being investigated by five government agencies.

A CIA spokeswoman, Jennifer Millerwise Dyck, also confirmed the searches and said the agency was "cooperating fully with the Department of Justice and the FBI".

'Properly awarded'

Agencies are reported to have been investigating whether Mr Foggo improperly awarded contracts worth millions of dollars to a personal friend.

Agents searched both Mr Foggo's home and office

Allegations also link him to a separate scandal involving former Republican congressman Randy Duke Cunningham, already jailed for taking millions of dollars in bribes.

In a statement issued on his behalf by the CIA last week, Mr Foggo denied the allegations.

"Mr Foggo maintains that government contracts for which he was responsible were properly awarded and administered," the statement said. He has not been charged with anything.

Ms Dyck said the investigation into Mr Foggo had "absolutely nothing, zero" to do with the 5 May resignation of Mr Goss.

He has declined to comment on his departure, telling CNN that "it's one of those mysteries". The White House described as "categorically untrue" US media reports that the president had lost confidence in Mr Goss.

But the BBC's James Westhead says the rapidly-moving investigation into Mr Foggo's activities may partly explain the sudden unexpected clear-out of the CIA's top management.

FBI raids top CIA official's home
BBC News, UK - 2 hours ago
... FBI agents with warrants searched Mr Foggo's home in Virginia and his office at the CIA headquarters, FBI spokeswoman April Langwell said. ...


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“Wilkes...and best friend Kyle Dustin "Dusty" Foggo, currently third-in-command at the Central Intelligence Agency... were roommates at San Diego State University, were best men at each other's weddings and named their sons after each other.”
“Wilkes' career in political relations dates to the early 1980s, shortly after Foggo joined the CIA. Foggo was sent to Honduras to work with the Contra rebels who were trying to topple the Sandinista government of Nicaragua, according to sources within the CIA.”
“Wilkes moved to Washington, D.C., and opened a business named World Finance Corp. about three blocks away from the White House,” continued the report.
“One of his chief activities, sources say, was to accompany congressmen– including then-Rep. Bill Lowery of San Diego, whom Wilkes met during his participation in the SDSU Young Republicans organization– to Central America to meet with Foggo and Contra leaders.”
“A number of sources who have had business dealings with Wilkes say he hinted at that time and afterward that he was affiliated with the CIA. CIA sources say he was never employed by the agency.” http://www.madcowprod.com/12072005.html

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Possible Involvement in the Cunningham Scandal

The scandal was one in which defense contractors paid bribes to members of Congress, and officials in the US Defense Department, in return for political favors in the form of federal contracts. Most notable amongst the recipients of the bribes was California Congressman Duke Cunningham who pleaded guilty to receiving over $2.3 million in bribes. The primary defense contractors were Mitchell Wade (owner of MZM), who also pleaded gulty, and Brent Wilkes (owner of ADCS Inc.). Wilkes was named as "co-conspirator #1" in Cunningham's plea agreement.

Foggo is a long time friend of Wilkes. They attended school together at Hilltop High School in Chula Vista and San Diego State University, served as best men in each other's weddings, and named their sons after each other. [2]

Suspcians were raised when Foggo, a mid-level career manager, was promoted to be the number three official of the CIA. Investigations have centered on whether Foggo helped steer agency contracts to companies run by Wilkes. Specifically, "according to two intelligence sources who spoke with National Journal, one of Wilkes's corporations received at least one CIA contract -- to supply water to CIA personnel in Iraq during the U.S. invasion in 2003." [3]

On May 8, Newsweek reported: "a source has told Newsweek that Foggo had acknowledged to associates that he may have tipped off Wilkes that CIA contracts were coming up for bid—an activity which, according to the source, Foggo said was neither improper nor illegal. The source is close to a group of poker players who took part in a 1999 game arranged by Wilkes and attended by Foggo, Cunningham and a nine-fingered former CIA officer named Brant Bassett, who worked for Goss when the outgoing CIA chief was House Intelligence Committee chair. Foggo denies giving Wilkes any such tip-offs, according to another source close to the outgoing CIA official; Bassett and lawyers for Wilkes and Cunningham had no comment." [4]

Also on May 8, The New York Daily News reported

The investigations have focused on the Watergate poker parties thrown by defense contractor Brent Wilkes, a high-school buddy of Foggo's, that were attended by disgraced former Rep. Randy (Duke) Cunningham and other lawmakers.

Foggo has claimed he went to the parties "just for poker" amid allegations that Wilkes, a top GOP fund-raiser and a member of the $100,000 "Pioneers" of Bush's 2004 reelection campaign, provided prostitutes, limos and hotel suites to Cunningham....

Wilkes hosted regular parties for 15 years at the Watergate and Westin Grand Hotels for lawmakers and lobbyists. Intelligence sources said Goss has denied attending the parties as CIA director, but that left open whether he may have attended as a Republican congressman from Florida who was head of the House Intelligence Committee. [5]

On Friday, May 12, 2006, the Copley News Service reported that Foggo's home in Vienna, Virginia had been raided by federal agents. The agents reportedly refused to answer questions about the purpose of the raid or what agency they represented.

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