Friday :: Mar 3, 2006

Does The Cunningham Bribery Case Reach Into The CIA And Porter Goss?

by Steve

You had a feeling that somehow the Duke Cunningham stuff would reach into the Tom DeLay mess. And maybe after a few Coronas or Sam Adams, some of us thought it may eventually reach higher than that. But I can tell you that I didn’t expect it so quickly to reach into Porter Goss and the CIA.

The stunning investigation of bribery and corruption in Congress has spread to the CIA, ABC News has learned.
The CIA Inspector General has opened an investigation into the spy agency's executive director, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, and his connections to two defense contractors accused of bribing a member of Congress and Pentagon officials.
Two former CIA officials tell ABC News that Foggo oversaw contracts involving at least one of the companies accused of paying bribes to Congressman Randall "Duke" Cunningham. The story was first reported by Newsweek magazine.
As executive director of the CIA, Foggo oversees the administration of the giant spy agency. He was appointed to the post by CIA director Porter Goss after working as a mid-level procurement supervisor, according to former CIA officials.
While based in Frankfurt, Germany, he oversaw and approved contracts for CIA operations in Iraq.

Really? I wonder what Foggo knows about Brewster-Jennings, Ahmad Chalabi, and the Niger forgeries? For that matter, I wonder how the paths of the Agency's main contracting guy in Europe and the Middle East crossed with Rummy's own now-questioned contracting operation in the same region, and how the Agency's Number One reporter got this information and the tie-in to Cunningham so conveniently now?

Foggo is a longtime friend of Brent Wilkes, listed as unindicted co-conspirator No. 1 in government documents filed in the Cunningham investigation. The two played high school football and were in each other's weddings.

Chew on that for a second. Goss and the henchmen he brought over from the House Intelligence Committee are out there purging long-time Agency stalwarts from their jobs so that he can surround himself with yes-men for the White House. And Goss appoints a mid-level procurement supervisor with ties to a GOP pay-for-play contractor to be the Executive Director of the Whole Fu*king Agency?

Officials say they could not describe the CIA contracts in question because some of them were classified secret.

But then Newsweek has this:

Foggo and Wilkes are old buddies. Pals in San Diego say that between assignments overseas, the genial, hefty Foggo was a conspicuous presence at Wilkes's parties.

But I’m sure that Foggo knew nothing about the Wilkes-Cunningham stuff, or that Goss knew nothing about it either, right?

Perhaps Henry Waxman or Jane Harman can send a letter to Porter Goss asking him to reveal any and all contacts he has had with Wilkes. I mean, wouldn't the Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee want to know if the Director of the CIA was compromised by his contacts with someone who has bribed a Congressman.

Plainly put, why did Goss reach down so far into the Agency to elevate a nobody like Foggo to a senior position over so many other people, given that Foggo and Wilkes are linked, and that Foggo is perhaps linked also to Cunningham and Mitchell Wade? And given what crossed Foggo's desk in his prior assignment, wouldn't Harman and Waxman want the answers to these questions from Goss, and pronto?

Hat tip to Larry Johnson, Laura Rozen, and Jason Vest

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