FBI agents had sex with prostitutes overseas, then denied it

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FBI agents had sex with prostitutes overseas, then denied it

Four FBI officials had sex with prostitutes while posted overseas, while a fifth also tried to — and all but one “lacked candor” about it during interviews and lie-detector tests, the Department of Justice said.

An official probe was launched after the FBI raised the alarm that “multiple then FBI officials solicited, engaged in, and/or procured commercial sex,” a DOJ report said Tuesday.

Two of the officials were also accused of being involved in delivering “a package containing approximately 100 white pills” to a “foreign law enforcement officer,” the report said, without elaboration.

The report did not identify the five officials, but said two had resigned, two had retired and one was removed during the probe.

A sixth agent accused of breaking policy by failing to report colleagues’ misconduct still works for the bureau, which vowed to “take all appropriate disciplinary actions” against the employee.

The report also did not detail when or where the dalliances occurred. However, the FBI said it involved “employees previously working overseas in various FBI Legal Attaché Offices” and was referred to the DOJ in 2018.

Tuesday’s report said the DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) had “substantiated” allegations “that four FBI officials solicited, procured, and accepted commercial sex overseas,” while a fifth “solicited” sex.

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The DOJ report also found that two of the officials were accused of being involved in delivering “a package containing approximately 100 white pills.”
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Their actions were all “in violation of DOJ and FBI policies.”

The investigation “also found that four of those officials lacked candor about their interactions with prostitutes and other misconduct during OIG compelled interviews and compelled polygraph examinations,” the report said, again in violation of policies.

One of them was outright accused of having “made false statements” when he “denied having engaged in sex acts with a prostitute,” the report said, noting it was “in violation of federal law.”

All five then failed to report the misconduct as well as “contact or relationships with foreign nationals,” both also in violation of FBI policies, the investigation ruled.

One also “lacked candor” when he “denied observing or placing pills in a package to be delivered to a foreign law enforcement officer,” while another “failed to report having been provided such a package.”

The report did not elaborate on what the pills were, nor whom they were given to.

The Inspector General’s Office said it handed its findings to the FBI for “appropriate action.”

The FBI said it “appreciates the Office of Inspector General’s thorough investigation into the reported misconduct by several former employees.”

“We have already completed numerous measures during the OIG’s investigation to ensure this type of behavior does not happen again,” the agency said in a statement.

The bureau stressed that agents “assigned around the world” are “essential assets to our nation’s security, the protection of the American people and effectively building critical relationships with our foreign partners.”

“The majority of our personnel, wherever they are stationed, represent the FBI with the utmost honor and respect,” the bureau said.

“We will not tolerate these few individuals, who chose to disregard their oath and the public we serve, tarnishing the good work the rest of the FBI accomplishes each and every day.”

The bureau declined to say if the probe had been tied in any way to a similar scandal in 2012, six years before it called on the DOJ to launch its just-completed investigation.

That had also involved five feds — two Secret Service supervisors and three elite agents — who were accused of bringing prostitutes back to their hotel in Cartagena, Colombia, ahead of a visit by then-President Barack Obama.

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