CIA shielded pedophiles from payroll, known sex offenders never prosecuted: Details
The US secret service agency CIA has had credible information about the sexual exploitation of children by at least 10 of its employees and contractors over the past 14 years, reported Buzzfeed News. However, only one of them was charged with a felony while the others were the subject of an internal investigation which allowed the sex offenders to escape unharmed.
The information was accessed through 3 Freedom of Information Act prosecutions and 13 public registration requests. Buzzfeed found that the Central Intelligence Agency seeks to deal with sensitive cases “in-house”, ensuring that child sex offenders get away with job loss or a security clearance. The CIA’s handling of cases contrasted sharply with that of other US federal agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.
According to the sources, the agency protects its employees to avoid any loss of control over sensitive information. Internal documents, submitted to the CIA Inspector General’s office, contain detailed cases of sexual abuse. In one case, an employee was convicted of having sexual contact with a 2 year old toddler and a 6 year old child. In another case, a CIA official purchased 3 explicit videos of young girls, which were shot by their mothers. One employee was found to have viewed more than 1,400 images of child sexual abuse during his assignments.
Allegations of sexual abuse against CIA employees
Buzzfeed News reported that in January 2010, a CIA contractor attempted to solicit sex with an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) posing as a child. The entrepreneur, who had confessed his obsession with child abuse images, entered a chat room using the secret agency’s IP address. When the Inspector General received a warrant to search the contents of the computer, it was found that the hard drives had been removed and supposedly thrown away.
Additionally, another CIA official admitted to viewing sexually explicit images and videos of girls as young as 10 years old on a government-approved laptop. He confessed to seeing images of child sexual abuse for the first time in college and continued to do so during his CIA assignments. In his defense, the employee said: “(I) did not understand that it was a violation of the agency’s policy to access child pornography until he took the course. information security of the agency. ”
In August 2009, a CIA employee confessed to having had sexual contact with two children, aged 2 and 6. He admitted to uploading sexually explicit images during his tenure with the agency. When the CIA Inspector General launched an investigation, it was discovered that he was in possession of 63 child sexual abuse videos. The official used the government’s wifi to download and distribute the material. He had brought child pornography images from abroad after his return to the United States, according to the Buzzfeed report.
Again in August 2013, the Inspector General found a CIA contractor in possession of child sexual abuse images. He was fired from the agency and his security clearance revoked. Buzzfeed News reported that the accused subsequently pleaded guilty to child abuse and registered as a sex offender. However, his name was missing from the internal CIA document that was released by the agency. Another CIA software engineer identified as Joshua Schulte was charged with possession of images of sexual abuse in 2018. He had, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
In November 2016, the CIA Inspector General was told that an employee had viewed images of child sexual abuse using a government computer. Although no evidence was found, it established a “constant interest and pattern of [redacted] conversations involving sexual activity between adults and minors. Since the allegations raised security and liability concerns, the CIA office alerted the Science and Technology Directorate and other security officials.
Actions taken by the Central Investigation Agency
Buzzfeed News has discovered that only one CIA employee has been charged with sexual offenses. The official was already under investigation for mismanagement of classified information. 5 of them contaminated civil servants / contractors had resigned or were dismissed. Four other defendants were referred to the Security Bureau, which is responsible for investigating the classified information. It was not until March of this year that the CIA Inspector General’s office began releasing internal documents.
So far around 3000 pages have been published which covered the years 2004-2019. The outlet found that although evidence of sex crimes has been uncovered, no charges have been laid by federal prosecutors. It was also found that CIA reports were heavily redacted and the names of accused officials, contractors and details of their employment were withheld. The central investigative agency had invoked federal national security, confidentiality and confidentiality laws to refrain from disclosing information on the matter.
In its defense, the agency said it takes allegations of “possible criminal misconduct” by its officials seriously. Speaking about the matter, a spokesperson for the Eastern District of Virginia said, “The district takes seriously its responsibility to hold accountable federal government employees who violate federal law in our jurisdiction. The Buzzfeed News report also calls into question the role of American lawyers, who did not file a complaint despite prosecution evidence. Interestingly, prosecutors use their arbitrary discretion to judge the credibility of evidence and weigh the odds of convincing a jury.