Federal agent: Corruption probe is "much bigger" than Cunningham

Meanwhile, the blogs connect the dots.

Tim Grieve
May 10, 2006 7:18PM (UTC)

As intrepid bloggers try to connect the dots on Porter Goss' resignation -- you'll find links between Brant "Nine Fingers" Bassett and Brent "unindicted co-conspirator" Wilkes here -- there's good news and bad news from the federal investigation that may have started it all.

The bad news: A federal agent involved in the investigation says that imprisoned former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham isn't providing the cooperation he promised as part of his plea agreement. Rick Gwin, a special agent for the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, tells Southern California's North County Times that Cunningham "has not been cooperative" in providing information to "develop further targets." "I was hoping that from a jail cell, he might become more cooperative," Gwin says, "but we just don't have the cooperation that I think we should have."


The good news? Investigators seem to be making progress even without Cunningham's help. The ongoing investigation is "much bigger and much wider" than Cunningham alone, Gwin says. "All that has just not come out yet, but it won't be much longer and then you will know just how widespread this is."

Tim Grieve

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

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