Agency investigating several employees accused of illegal interactions with prostitutes
In the latest of a long line of corruption scandals at the FBI, several agents have been recalled from Asia over allegations of “partying and interacting with prostitutes.”
The news comes just six months after dozens of agents were sanctioned over accusations of sexual misconduct during James Comey’s time as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
This year, the FBI has also been exposed for its huge anti-Trump bias leading to corruption by employees such as disgraced former-agent Peter Strzok and ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
The arrogance of crooked agents such as Strzok has become a symbol of the depth of corruption at the FBI.
Now, according to a bombshell report by The Wall Street Journal, the agency has been exposed for a further lack of “Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity,” as several FBI employees, stationed in cities across Asia, have been recalled to Washington in while the Inspector General of the U.S. Justice Department Michael E. Horowitz heads up an investigation into allegations related to parties and illegal interactions with prostitutes.
According to people familiar with the matter, WSJ reports the inspector general is examining the allegations, which involve Federal Bureau of Investigation personnel in some half a dozen cities, including in East and Southeast Asia.
According to Zero Hedge, the FBI made a non-committal comment on what actions would be taken:
“Upon learning of these allegations of misconduct, action was taken to reassign certain personnel to non-operational roles while the allegations are reviewed.”
Just lucky none of the agents were accused of groping during their high-school years.
As The Journal points out so correctly, the allegations are a potential black eye for an agency that has become a magnet for criticism as it has tried to navigate some of the biggest political battles of the year.
Issues involving prostitution, which is legal or tolerated in some countries, have been a particular concern for FBI officials, who worry about foreign intelligence services trying to compromise agents or other U.S. embassy personnel, people familiar with the matter said.
Agents going overseas receive extensive briefings on potential avenues foreign officers may seek to compromise them, former agents said.
The exact nature of the allegations against the FBI employees and the locations of the alleged activities couldn’t be determined.
Other law enforcement agencies, including the Secret Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration, have dealt with similar scandals in recent years.
In 2015, the Justice Department’s inspector general found that DEA agents stationed in Colombia attended parties with prostitutes.
In 2012 the Secret Service disciplined about a dozen agents amid allegations that they brought prostitutes to their hotel rooms in Colombia while preparing for a visit by then-President Barack Obama.
One Twitter wit suggested the FBI be renamed “Foreign friends with Benefits Initiative,” and quite surprisingly there is not a mention of any Russian collusion or involvement in the procurement of said ladies of the night… though we suspect it will not be too long.