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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:22 AM
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Now they're going after Stuart Bowen, IG who gave unflattering Iraq report on corruption & waste.
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 10:23 AM by in_cog_ni_to
FBI Probes Iraq IG on Misconduct Claims

Stuart Bowen, special inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction gestures dur...
By LARA JAKES JORDAN and LOLITA C. BALDOR, AP
5 hours ago

WASHINGTON

The FBI is investigating the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, Justice Department officials said, following allegations of misconduct from former employees.

The investigation of Stuart Bowen involves possible electronic tampering, including alleged efforts by the inspector general to go through e-mails of employees in his office, said two officials close to the inquiry Thursday. It is being handled by the FBI's Washington field office, according to law enforcement officials, who like the first officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.<snip>

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In May, the White House confirmed that Bowen's office, whose revelations of waste and corruption in Iraq have repeatedly embarrassed the Bush administration, was being investigated by the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency after complaints from former employees. The executive branch organization was created to investigate allegations of misconduct by inspectors general at federal agencies.

At the time, the White House rejected suggestions the integrity inquiry was an act of retribution against Bowen, with then-press secretary Tony Snow saying the council was "an independent investigative organization" that did not directly follow the White House's direction.

That investigation, triggered by a lengthy anonymous complaint filed by former staff members, focused on a number of fraud and abuse allegations, as well as descriptions of possible workplace violations, including sexual harassment. It included charges that Bowen's office overstated the amount of savings that it generated in order to justify a budget request and that money was wasted on the book project.

The council's administrative probe is still under way but has been overtaken by the criminal probe.

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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:27 AM
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1. Not directly, but indirectly.
"Tony Snow saying the council was "an independent investigative organization" that did not directly follow the White House's direction."
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:54 AM
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2. Of course. If Tony Snow said the WH isn't behind it, it must be true.
:eyes: We know better. As does Stuart Bowen.
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 12:54 PM
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3. He said they weren't directly controlling
they always use a cut-out for plausible deniability. The WH doesn't want their finger prints on it.
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