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Memo Reveals Cover-Up Of Sex Scandals At State

From CBS News:

State Department memo reveals possible cover-ups, halted investigations

June 10, 2013

(CBS News) CBS News has uncovered documents that show the State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal and inappropriate behavior within their ranks…

CBS News’ John Miller reports that according to an internal State Department Inspector General’s memo, several recent investigations were influenced, manipulated, or simply called off. The memo obtained by CBS News cited eight specific examples.

Among them: allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut "engaged in sexual assaults" on foreign nationals hired as embassy guards and the charge and that members of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail "engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries" — a problem the report says was "endemic."

The memo also reveals details about an "underground drug ring" was operating near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and supplied State Department security contractors with drugs.

Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator with the State Department’s internal watchdog agency, the Inspector General, told Miller, "We also uncovered several allegations of criminal wrongdoing in cases, some of which never became cases."

In such cases, [the Diplomatic Security Service, the State Department's security force] told the Inspector General’s investigators that senior State Department officials told them to back off, a charge that Fedenisn says is "very" upsetting.

"We were very upset. We expect to see influence, but the degree to which that influence existed and how high up it went, was very disturbing," she said.

Perhaps it went up to Hillary. Or Obama.

In one specific and striking cover-up, State Department agents told the Inspector General they were told to stop investigating the case of a U.S. Ambassador who held a sensitive diplomatic post and was suspected of patronizing prostitutes in a public park.

The State Department Inspector General’s memo refers to the 2011 investigation into an ambassador who "routinely ditched … his protective security detai" [sic] and inspectors suspect this was in order to "solicit sexual favors from prostitutes."

Sources told CBS News that after the allegations surfaced, the ambassador was called to Washington, D.C. to meet with Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy, but was permitted to return to his post…

A draft of the Inspector General’s report on the performance of the DSS, obtained by CBS News, states, "Hindering such cases calls into question the integrity of the investigative process, can result in counterintelligence vulnerabilities and can allow criminal behavior to continue."

John Miller spoke with Mike Pohelitz, a retired Senior Agent at the DSS who was involved in one of the cases listed in the Inspector General’s memo. Pohelitz said he was told to stop investigating one of the cases and that the order likely came from the upper ranks of the DSS…

Or higher.

According to Fedenisn, when a high-ranking State Department security officials was shown a draft of their findings that investigations were being interfered with by State Department higher-ups, he said, "This is going to kill us." In the final report however, all references to specific cases had been removed…

But instead of reporting this news, the rest of our media guardians are celebrating Hillary’s appearance on Twitter.

From CNN:

@HillaryClinton says future TBD

June 10th, 2013

That didn’t take long. Only hours after unlocking her profile, Clinton gained more than 100,000 followers on Twitter, and issued her inaugural tweet:

Hillary Clinton @HillaryClinton: "Thanks for the inspiration – I’ll take it from here…"

She is so ‘with it.’

She also got some friendly tweets Monday from multiple high-profile Tweeters, including President Barack Obama."

Apparently, CNN doesn’t know that this is actually Organizing For Action’s Twitter account.

But they are not alone. The Washington Post also seems to be unaware that the Barack Obama Twitter account is posted by OFA. (Unless he signs "BO." At least supposedly.) 

Hillary Clinton on Twitter: 15 accounts she should follow

12. Barack Obama: My main man (note to POTUS: this list is not in numeric order).

(By the way, their list is ‘in numeric order.’ But one no longer expects literacy from The Post.)

Meanwhile, from Reuters:

Top of the Pops: Bill Clinton named father of the year

By Francesca Trianni | June 10, 2013

NEW YORK (REUTERS) – He’s been commander in chief, Time magazine’s 1993 man of the year, had hopes of becoming "First Laddie" of the United States and now former US President Bill Clinton is in line for a new title – Father of the Year.

The non-profit National Father’s Day Council plans to award him that honour at a New York fundraiser for Save the Children on Tuesday…

How many times are they going to pull this stunt? This same group, the National Father’s Day Council, named Bill Clinton ‘Father Of The Year’ back in January.

From the archives of the Politico:

Bill Clinton named ‘Father of the Year’

By CAITLIN MCDEVITT | January 9, 2013

Former President Bill Clinton is getting props for being a good dad.

Clinton was named the “Father of the Year” by the National Father’s Day Council on Wednesday…

And, as we pointed out back then, this is the same group that gave the ‘Father Of The Year’ award to John Edwards won, back in June 2007. So you know it is drenched with significance. Or something.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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