Shocking report shows multiple CIA employees, contractors committed child sex crimes but were never prosecuted

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LANGLEY, VA — In what looks like another blackeye for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), internal documents from the agency noted “credible evidence” that several employees and contractors committed sex crimes against children.

Of the 10 employees and contractors who reportedly abused children sexually, only one was charged with a crime.

One.

The disturbing documents came to light when BuzzFeed News obtained them via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits that originated in 2012.

The path to obtaining the reports by the CIA’s Office of the Inspector General was not easy.

The news group had to make 13 public records requests and file three separate FOIA lawsuits before gaining access to the documents.

BuzzFeed reported:

“Those requests, the earliest of which date back to 2012, were for investigations closed by the Office of the Inspector General, which acts independently of the agency to examine misconduct by employees or contractors.

“New requests were filed each subsequent year. At first the CIA did not respond to the requests; then, it said it would take years to provide any documents. 

“Those requests were followed in 2014, 2015, and 2020 by lawsuits, and the agency entered into negotiations about what documents to release.

“The coronavirus pandemic delayed the process by a year, but the agency finally began to release the documents in March and will release the final set in December.”

There are 3,652 pages uploaded for the public’s review. Several are heavily redacted, and the names of accused employees and contractors and details about their jobs remain hidden.

The agency cited privacy reasons, national security and a federal law that exempts the CIA from disclosing details about its operations.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia told BuzzFeed:

“Not knowing the identities of the suspects is a hindrance in identifying these cases and why they were declined.”

BuzzFeed noted:

“Though most of these cases were referred to US attorneys for prosecution, only one of the individuals was ever charged with a crime.

“Prosecutors sent the rest of the cases back to the CIA to handle internally, meaning few faced any consequences beyond the possible loss of their jobs and security clearances.

“That marks a striking deviation from how sex crimes involving children have been handled at other federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“CIA insiders say the agency resists prosecution of its staff for fear the cases will reveal state secrets.”

The news group combed through thousands of the CIA’s internal reports and discovered one employee was fired for having sexual contact with a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old.

A second employee resigned after it was discovered he had purchased three sexually explicit videos of young girls, who were filmed by their own mothers.

A third employee estimated that he had viewed up to 1,400 sexually abusive images of children while on agency assignments. He also acknowledged he searched for child sex abuse images while he was a college student.

BuzzFeed reported:

“The CIA employee signed an affidavit admitting he used a government laptop to view photographs and videos of girls as young as 10 being abused by an ‘older guy.’

“The employee acknowledged that he first began seeking child sexual abuse images while he was in college, and viewed as many as 1,400 while on assignment for the agency.”

Unbelievably, the CIA employee also pleaded ignorance about the illegality of accessing child pornography:

“He told CIA investigators that he was ‘truly sorry’ but also said ‘he did not understand that it was a violation of agency policy to access child pornography until he took the Agency Information Security Course.’”

The records do not say what action, if any, the CIA took against him, according to BuzzFeed.

It is also unknown how a CIA background check did not flag the man’s interest in child pornography.

One contractor for the CIA arranged for sex with an undercover FBI agent posing as a child. His contract was merely revoked.

BuzzFeed reported its summary of the cases’ limited details:

“Of the 10 workers who the inspector general found had committed sexual crimes involving children, five were fired or resigned.

“Four others were referred to a personnel board or the Office of Security, which investigates classified leaks and is responsible for the safety of CIA facilities.

“The outcome of one case — in which 10 child sexual abuse images were discovered on a CIA computer that had been left unattended — is unknown.

“The employee to whom that device was assigned said he switched computers while he was overseas. He denied using it to view such material.

“In an eleventh case, the inspector general received a complaint in November 2016 that an employee used a government computer to view child sexual abuse images.

“Although the investigators couldn’t corroborate the allegation, they discovered that he had shown a ‘consistent interest and pattern of [redacted] conversations involving sexual activities between adults and minors.’

“The inspector general alerted security officials and the Directorate of Science and Technology because the accusation raised ‘potential security and accountability issues.’

“Details of how the case was resolved, and any penalties the employee faced, are redacted.”

The other issue is why federal prosecutors chose not to charge most of the accused despite seemingly significant and credible evidence.

Prosecutors use their discretion in determining whether or not to bring criminal charges based on a few factors.

For example, prosecutors evaluate whether they have enough evidence to convince a jury. Also, they note if a victim wants a prosecution to proceed or not.

The spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia told BuzzFeed:

“The occupation or employer of the suspect does not factor into that evaluation.

“While we cannot comment on the reasons why specific cases were declined, we do take very seriously any allegation that our prosecutors declined a potential case based on an improper assessment of the relevant factors.”

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However, one former official who is familiar with how internal investigations work at intelligence agencies told BuzzFeed News there is another reason why prosecutors probably did not pursue most of these child sex abuse cases.

According to the source, the CIA is concerned it could lose control of sensitive information during the course of a trial. BuzzFeed wrote:

“The former official, who reviewed the declassified inspector general reports, characterized the concern from CIA lawyers as, ‘We can’t have these people testify, they may inadvertently be forced to disclose sources and methods.’

“The official, who noted the agency has had a problem with child abuse images stretching back decades, said they understand the need to protect ‘sensitive and classified equities.’

“However, ‘for crimes of a certain class whether it’s an intelligence agency or not, you just have to figure out how to prosecute these people.’”

While the CIA is necessarily enshrouded in secrecy for national security reasons, it ironically showcases a quote about truth from the Bible at its Original Headquarters Building.

Allen Dulles, the fifth and longest-serving Director of Central Intelligence, wanted the Bible quote placed in stone in the building’s lobby.

The quote from John 8:32 is carved into the wall in all caps and reads:

“AND YE SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.”

CIA…let’s get more truthful and aggressive when it comes to the abuse of children, especially stemming from your own agency.

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