Bribery at the CIA?

The inspector general opens an investigation into a CIA official linked to an unindicted co-conspirator in the Duke Cunningham case.

Published March 3, 2006 8:48PM (EST)

Former GOP Rep. Duke Cunningham was sentenced to eight years and four months in prison today, for demanding -- and receiving -- more than $2 million in bribes from defense contractors. But that's not the end of the story. As we noted earlier in the week, Mitchell Wade, one of the contractors who bribed Cunningham, has admitted giving illegal campaign contributions to two other Republicans in Congress. And now there's news that the CIA's inspector general is investigating a top CIA official's relationship with another defense contractor said to have paid off Cunningham.

ABC News is reporting that the inspector general has opened an investigation into the conduct of Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, the No. 3 man at the CIA. Foggo has apparently been pals with Brent Wilkes, an unindicted co-conspirator in the Cunningham case, since the two attended college together: As the San Diego Union-Tribune has reported, Foggo and Wilkes were best men at each other's weddings, named their sons after one another and share a wine locker at a high-priced Washington steakhouse. That's all guilt-by-association stuff, of course. Is this more? Maybe. ABC cites unidentified sources who say that Foggo oversaw contracts for at least one of the companies involved in the Cunningham bribes.

Foggo isn't talking, and the CIA isn't saying much. "Mr. Foggo has overseen many contracts in his decades of public service," the agency said in a statement provided to ABC. "He reaffirms that they were properly awarded and administered."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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