May 11, 2007

When Good Friends Fall Out

Oh dear. It seems that a life-time friendship is on the rocks as the pair face multiple charges of corruption. Today a new indictment was handed down that discloses some more of how their friendship flourished for the past few years. Brent Wilkes and Dusty Foggo have been close friends since high school and have a long history together, but it seems the friendship is becoming rather strained as their secret dealings come to light.

According to the new indictment, Foggo provided Wilkes with "sensitive, internal information related to our national security," including classified information, to help him prepare proposals for providing undercover flights for the CIA under the guise of a civil aviation company and armored vehicles for agency operations. Foggo allegedly then pushed his CIA colleagues to hire Wilkes' companies without disclosing their longstanding friendship.

In a June 2005 e-mail to the head of CIA air operations quoted in the indictment, Foggo offered to "use some 'EXDIR grease'" on Wilkes' behalf - apparently a reference to his title as the agency's executive director.

Prosecutors say that in return, Wilkes offered to hire Foggo after he retired from government service. In the meantime, he allegedly treated his friend to a Scottish golf trip during which they racked up a $44,000 hotel bill at the luxurious Pitcastle Estate.

Details in the indictment show that the arrangement between the two men began deteriorating in the summer of 2005, as the federal investigation into Cunningham began to envelop Wilkes. Foggo, who hosted a lunch in the CIA dining room for Wilkes in February of that year, allegedly instructed a CIA employee not to hire his friend after federal agents raided Wilkes Corp. offices in August.

Isn't that sad?

via TPM

Posted by Mary at May 11, 2007 06:27 PM | Corruption & Graft | Technorati links |

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