The Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) spearheaded the probe against the four agents, posting its findings Dec. 14 on its website. According to the findings, the agents "solicited, engaged in and/or procured commercial sex" with indications that they "have failed to report unofficial contacts with foreign nationals."
The OIG report said the four FBI agents "lacked candor" about their interactions with prostitutes during compelled interviews and polygraph tests. One of the four even made "false statements" to OIG investigators, denying that he had sex with a prostitute during his assignment.
A fifth agent attempted to solicit sex with a prostitute, but failed to do so. He and his four colleagues were flagged by the OIG for "failure to report their own misconduct and the misconduct of others in connection with the procurement of commercial sex." All five erring FBI agents were cited for their failure to "report contact or relationships with foreign nationals" – in this case, the prostitutes they had contact with.
Meanwhile, a sixth FBI official who knew about the alleged misconduct was also found to have broken FBI policies for failure to report "suspected violations" of the department's 2015 prohibition on soliciting commercial sex.
Aside from the sex-related violations, the OIG found that one of the FBI agents failed to disclose that he gave a foreign police officer "a package containing approximately 100 white pills." The said official "lacked candor" when he failed to disclose involvement during a compelled interview. He denied "observing or placing pills" in a package for the foreign police officer.
The OIG said it has referred its report to the FBI for "appropriate action." It added that out of the five agents involved – "two resigned, two retired and one was removed while the investigation was still ongoing." The fate of the sixth agent remains unknown. (Related: The Only Way to Save the FBI is to Expose Everything.)
The bureau said it appreciates the OIG's "thorough investigation into the reported misconduct by several former employees." It reiterated that FBI agents assigned worldwide are "essential assets to [the] nation's security [and] the protection of the American people" by means of "effectively building critical relationships with our foreign partners."
"We have already completed numerous measures during the OIG's investigation to ensure this type of behavior does not happen again. 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 majority of our personnel, wherever they are stationed, represent the FBI with the utmost honor and respect," the FBI said in a statement.
This latest FBI mess is reminiscent of a 2012 incident involving federal agents having contact with prostitutes in Colombia. According to a New York Post report in April that year, 11 Secret Service personnel – including three elite agents and two supervisors – were sent home and replaced with other members.
The recall followed allegations of the agents bringing prostitutes back to their hotel rooms. Two of the three elite agents were directly involved in a dispute with a local prostitute – alerting U.S. authorities to the misconduct.
They were sent to the Colombian city of Cartagena, ahead of former President Barack Obama's April 13 arrival to attend the 2012 Summit of the Americas. As a result of the scandal, the Secret Service agents were placed on administrative leave and their Top Secret security clearances were revoked.
In a message to FBI field offices, former Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan assured his staff that they "will get through this." He added that the "lapse of judgment [in Colombia] is not indicative of [the] organization." (Related: $47 Colombian whore exposes sexual perversion and runaway arrogance of U.S. government officials.)
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