Magazine article Newsweek

Investigation: The CIA's No. 3 Has a Friend in the Spotlight

Magazine article Newsweek

Investigation: The CIA's No. 3 Has a Friend in the Spotlight

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Byline: Mark Hosenball and Jamie Reno

As logistics chief at the CIA's main base near Frankfurt, Germany, Kyle (Dusty) Foggo sat at the crossroads of agency operations. Operatives and VIPs passed through, and former top spies say Foggo was customarily on hand to greet them. After Porter Goss took over as CIA director, many agency veterans were astonished when the former House intel chair chose Foggo, a midranking bureaucrat, to become CIA executive director, the agency's third-ranking official, responsible for day-to-day operations. Insiders attributed his rise to his mastery of office politics. But Foggo's glad-handing has raised awkward questions. Federal prosecutors have accused (as an unindicted co-conspirator) one of Foggo's closest friends, San Diego businessman Brent Wilkes, of participating in a scheme to bribe Randall (Duke) Cunningham, the GOP congressman from San Diego who resigned his seat after pleading guilty to federal corruption and tax charges.

Wilkes ran a network of companies that did business with defense and intel agencies, and according to two sources familiar with the investigation, who requested anonymity because the probe is ongoing, Foggo's name has surfaced in the federal inquiry. At the same time, NEWSWEEK has learned, the CIA inspector general's office has opened its own investigation into Foggo's relationship with Wilkes. This inquiry is sufficiently serious that Congress was notified about it in writing.

Foggo and Wilkes are old buddies. …

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