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1649CIA Official's Home, Office Searched by FBI

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  • Greg Cannon
    May 12, 2006
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      CIA Official's Home, Office Searched

      By KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer 2 hours,
      21 minutes ago

      WASHINGTON - Law enforcement officials executed search
      warrants Friday on the house and office of
      CIA's outgoing executive director as part of an
      investigation into corruption involving agency
      contracts, the FBI said.

      The CIA's third ranking official, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo,
      has been under investigation by the FBI, IRS, Defense
      Criminal Investigative Service, the CIA's inspector
      general and the U.S. attorney's office in San Diego,
      said FBI spokeswoman April Langwell in San Diego.

      Under a sealed warrant, officials searched Foggo's
      Virginia home and his office at the CIA's Langley,
      Va., campus, Langwell said. She could provide no other
      details.

      The FBI and other agencies have been investigating
      whether Foggo improperly intervened in the award of
      contracts to a San Diego businessman and personal
      friend, Brent Wilkes, who has been implicated in a
      congressional bribery scandal.

      In a statement, CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Millerwise
      Dyck also confirmed the searches of his home and
      office on Friday morning.

      "The agency is cooperating fully with the
      Department of Justice and the FBI," she said. "Agency
      leaders outside of the (inspector general's office)
      were informed just prior to the execution of the
      search warrants, in keeping with standard law
      enforcement procedures."

      This week, Foggo announced his retirement from the
      agency after 25 years serving around the world. His
      decision came three days after CIA Director Porter
      Goss also announced he would be stepping down from the
      agency.

      Dyck said the Foggo investigation has "absolutely
      nothing, zero" to do with Goss' resignation.

      In a statement on Foggo's behalf last week, the CIA
      said he denied any improprieties. "Mr. Foggo maintains
      that government contracts for which he was responsible
      were properly awarded and administered," the agency
      said.

      Wilkes has been described in court papers as an
      unindicted co-conspirator in a plot to bribe then-Rep.
      Randy "Duke" Cunningham, a California Republican who
      is now serving time in a federal prison for taking
      $2.4 million from government contractors.

      FBI agents also have been investigating whether Wilkes
      provided Cunningham with prostitutes, limousines and
      hotel suites.

      Foggo has acknowledged participating in the poker
      parties at the hotel rooms, but he has said there was
      nothing untoward about that. "If he attended
      occasional card games with friends over the years, Mr.
      Foggo insists they were that and nothing more," the
      CIA statement said.

      Foggo's associates have said he received the
      Intelligence Commendation Medal for supporting the war
      on terror in 2002. Before becoming the agency's No. 3
      leader in 2004, he was the chief of base at a
      classified facility that supports the war on terror.

      As executive director, Foggo had the powerful position
      of overseeing the day-to-day operations of the CIA.

      One FBI agent told reporters from Copley News Service,
      who were at Foggo's residence, that Foggo was not at
      home in his quiet suburban neighborhood near CIA
      headquarters and had not been detained. The agents
      refused to answer other questions about the raid.

      A neighbor told Copley that the agents arrived about 8
      a.m. EDT. A white Chevrolet van was backed up to the
      carport of the split-level brick home and, at one
      point, a man wearing latex gloves emerged from the
      house and went around back.