For those of you tired of the political back-and-forth of the Clinton/Obama slugfest, here is a diversion. Sexscapades and the CIA.
Our story starts with Kyle “Dusty” Foggo. The former Executive Director of the CIA, who was fired and indicted more than a year ago, was hit last week with a super-ceding indictment accusing him of influence peddling at the CIA. Boy, is it juicy. If this was a movie it would be rated R. The question is not, “Who did Dusty tick off?” Nope. The real question, “Who didn’t he anger?” The line to smack him upside the head stretches around the block.
I first wrote about this back in January 2006. Looks like I was right (note to those of you doubting the Michelle Obama tape, here’s another case where some doubted what I was being told).
So what is going on now?
Friends tell me that the source of this new indictment is none other than Stephanie Danes-Smith, who they say was Dusty’s former mistress (she preceded the lady identified in the indictment as “E.R.” — see attached indicment (PDF). Dusty dumped Danes-Smith in Feb 2005 for E.R. but threw her a sop by naming her as the Director of the newly re-established Directorate of Support (the former DA). And who said, “Money can’t buy you love?” The DA was dissolved in mid-2001 by Dusty’s predecessor as Executive Director, Buzzy Krongard. Krongard, I am told, did this to to spite a bitter enemy, former DDA Dick Calder, who created the “working capital fund” concept, which Buzzy, an investment banker, thought was complete horseshit. (Still with me kids? Internal CIA politics can be pretty byzantine.)
Dusty and Calder were quite close, and it was Buzzy who exiled Dusty to Frankfurt, Germany, with the idea that Dusty would retire in 2004 under the CIA retirement system (CIARDS) when he turned 50.
Dusty and Stephanie had been going hot and heavy since they met in DS&T in the mid 1990s. This continued when Dusty was Chief of FRANSUPT (i.e., Frankfurt Support) and Stephanie was head of Printing and Photography Group (P&PG) in 2003/2004. Despite being a GS-15/SIS “DA” group chief, Stephanie was constantly TDYing out to Frankfurt, supposedly at Dusty’s personal request, to “help out” when Afghanistan and Iraq were cranking up (the heavy logs support to Afghanistan and Iraq was mounted out of FRANSUPT).
You will be shocked to learn that Stephanie’s TDY’s always seemed to correspond to frequent visits by Dusty’s wife, Brigitte, to Vienna to visit her parents. Brigitte was a Viennese Foreign Service National that Dusty met when he was stationed in Vienna. I am told that their “tradecraft” was pretty sloppy–Stephanie’s “TDY’s” became so obvious that she was finally called in by her and Dusty’s nominal joint boss, then Director of Global Support Jeanette Moore, and told that future trips to Frankfurt would have to be on “her own time” (i.e., on annual leave).
Dusty was also reprimanded by Jeanette in a cable in the fall of 2004. When Dusty was named Executive Director, he told Jeanette to “pack her bags” and she retired and went to work for Raytheon shortly thereafter. Ever heard the term, “payback is a bitch?”
It was not uncommon for Dusty to order up a limo from the motor pool and pick up Stephanie after work to cruise the night life of Washington, DC. My friends tell me that rumors about these “sightseeing tours” were rampant at Headqquarters and among circles of retired CIA officers. Dusty’s friends warned him to lower his profile. Apparently his response to that was to take up with “ER” and try to force her into a job at Hqs. She had polygraph problems, and Dusty tried to force the issue with Security. Enter the Inspector General. Dimes were dropping in every payphone in McLean, and pretty soon the FBI entered the picture courtesy of Duke Cunningham and Brent Wilkes. And the rest, as they say, is history currently being written.