- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The former No. 3 official at the CIA pleaded guilty to a corruption charge in federal court Monday, admitting that he steered contracts to a friend and took tens of thousands of dollars worth of gifts from him.

As part of a plea deal, Kyle “Dusty” Foggo pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in U.S. District Court in Alexandria. Federal prosecutors dropped 23 other charges against him and agreed to ask for a prison term no longer than 37 months and no restitution.

Foggo, 53, is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 8 before U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

As CIA executive director, Foggo directed contracts to lifelong friend Brent Wilkes, including a plan to use commercial cover for CIA air operations that would have been worth more than $100 million.

Though that deal was never signed, Wilkes’ companies got a contract with Foggo’s help to provide bottled water to CIA staff overseas, charging 60 percent more than a competitor would have, according to court documents.

Wilkes also was paid by other firms that got contracts from Foggo, the documents show.

Foggo admitted he had concealed his relationship with Wilkes by “adopting false cover stories regarding their relationship and using ‘straw men’ and shell companies to conceal Wilkes’s interest in CIA contracts,” according to a statement from Eastern District of Virginia U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg.

In return, Wilkes spent tens of thousands of dollars on luxury vacations and meals for Foggo and promised him a highly paid job at his company when he left the CIA, according to court documents.

Foggo, a flamboyant CIA veteran, was appointed to the executive director’s post in November 2004 by then-Director Porter Goss, whom he had got to know while working at the CIA station in Frankfurt, Germany.

By that time, he already had been promised a job by Wilkes and was funneling deals his way.

Foggo quit his job at the agency in 2006. He originally was indicted with Wilkes in February 2007 in Southern California.

Wilkes, a wealthy entrepreneur, was a Republican fundraiser who parlayed corrupt payments to Capitol Hill contacts into a multimillion-dollar defense and intelligence contracting business.

He was convicted in November on 13 corruption counts, including the bribery of former Rep. Randall “Duke” Cunningham, California Republican.

With Wilkes serving a 12-year term, prosecutors moved the venue to Alexandria, where they could bring additional charges against Foggo, including that he had abused his authority to get friends and his mistress hired as employees or contractors at CIA.

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