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cascadiance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 02:52 PM
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New administration's prosecution of past administration crimes should start with Foggo in January!

Dusty Foggo's been the highest ranking CIA official to be found guilty of federal crime, with his guilty plea.

His lawyers are objecting to grand jury testimony being unsealed in this case. Any of it, not just the classified portions. We need to demand that Obama's new justice team not accept these terms, and that this case needs to have these transcripts examined by others to verify what is being claimed as secret, and what should be made public as our right to know.

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Fog of war

By Matt Potter | Published Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008

The sentencing of Kyle Dusty Foggo, who loomed large in the bribery scandal that brought down GOP congressman Randy Duke Cunningham, has been delayed until January 29 of next year while Foggos lawyers fight to keep the government from releasing secret grand jury testimony detailing his crimes. Foggo, who served as executive director, or third-ranking official, of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2004 to 2006, pleaded guilty on September 29 to a count of wire fraud and admitted hed steered CIA contracts to Poway defense contractor Brent Wilkes and a front company, Archer Logistics. Wilkes was convicted last year of bribing Cunningham. In his plea agreement, Foggo admitted that Wilkes, a longtime friend, showered him with lavish gifts, meals, and trips.

But when the government asked the court to unseal grand jury testimony containing secret evidence used in the case, Foggos lawyers objected. The government can cite no case in which the publics right to know entitled the prosecution to disclose hand-picked portions of grand jury transcripts, much less classified ones, they argued in a motion filed December 2. In a December 5 reply, prosecutors said, Foggo distinguished himself by becoming the highest ranking member in the history of the CIA to be convicted of a federal crime: a multiple-year scheme to deprive the public of his honest services. Now, Foggo wants to deprive both this Court and the public of the details of his scheme.

The motion says that the government will seek a 37-month prison sentence for Foggo. To make their case, prosecutors say they need to reveal information from individuals who were co-participants in Foggos scheme, joined in or knew about Foggos and Wilkes vacations and meals together, heard Foggo discuss his future professional plans once he left the CIA, suffered pressure to hire E.R. , and were manipulated to select Archer to provide the water and procurement contracts. A ruling on the matter by federal judge James C. Cacheris in Alexandria, Virginia, is pending.
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