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Ex-CIA top official indicted with defense contractor in Cunningham corruption case

[JURIST] Former CIA executive director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo [Wikipedia profile] and defense contractor Brent Wilkes [Newsweek profile] were indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on charges connected with the case of former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham [official profile]. The FBI launched an investigation [JURIST report] of the two men in May, after Cunningham pleaded guilty [JURIST report] to taking $2.4 million in bribes from Wilkes and others in return for federal contracts. While the exact charges are not yet clear, AP has learned that they involve a conspiracy between Wilkes and John T. Michael, nephew of New York businessman Thomas Kontogiannis [San Diego Union Tribune report], to bribe Cunningham. Wilkes is also alleged to have received $12 million in unlawful government contracts for his company ADCS [corporate website] after taking Foggo, a childhood friend, on trips to Hawaii and Scotland.

Foggo directed the daily operations of the CIA from 2004 until May 2006 after working with the agency for 25 years. His resignation coincided with that of former CIA Director Porter Goss [JURIST report]. While Foggo has maintained his innocence in the bribery scandal, he has admitted to attending card games at hotels that were allegedly provided to Cunningham by Wilkes. AP has more.

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