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Saturday, May 13, 2006

The FBI's happy dance

Oh boy, oh boy, you really
got to search that dirty
CIA bastard. Everyone at the
bureau must be doing the happy
dance like me

C.I.A. Aide's House and Office Searched

Published: May 13, 2006

WASHINGTON, May 12 — Federal agents conducted searches on Friday at the office and home of Kyle Foggo, who stepped down this week as the Central Intelligence Agency's third-ranking official.

The searches were part of a widening criminal investigation of possible contracting fraud that has also focused on lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee.

The searches followed a week of tumult for the C.I.A. that began with the resignation last Friday of its director, Porter J. Goss. Mr. Goss had promoted Mr. Foggo.

Officials say that Mr. Goss had clashed with John D. Negroponte, the director of national intelligence, and that Mr. Negroponte joined with White House officials to force Mr. Goss out of his position.

The searches, including the one at agency headquarters in McLean, Va., were carried out by agents of the F.B.I. and investigators from the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the Internal Revenue Service, all of which are involved in the inquiry, officials said.

Mr. Foggo announced on Monday that he was stepping down, after it became known that he was under scrutiny by the C.I.A. and federal investigators in the inquiry into the awarding of government contracts. That case has brought a prison term for former Representative Randy Cunningham of California.

Current and former intelligence officials said they could not recall another time in the 59-year history of the agency that a senior official had been involved in a criminal investigation. Intelligence officials said that although Mr. Foggo had resigned as executive director, he remained an agency employee, but without access to headquarters.

The searches were conducted at the request of federal authorities in San Diego, who are pursuing leads in a case that began with the prosecution of Mr. Cunningham, the Republican on the House Appropriations Committee who resigned and pleaded guilty to taking more than $2 million in cash and gifts in return for helping supporters obtain contracts.

posted by Steve @ 12:02:00 AM

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