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Feds: Former Fox News Analyst Lied about Being Secret CIA Agent

Wayne Simmons on Fox News.

Wayne Simmons on Fox News.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Fox News analyst Wayne Simons was a lot of things, but a CIA agent likely wasn’t one of them.

The Washington Post reports that the former professional football player and drug trafficker lied about a career as a spy, according to the CIA.

Simons, who said he spent 27 years as an agency operative, is expected to be sentenced this morning for perpetuating fraud and illegal firearm possession. Prosecutors are asking for a three-year prison sentence.

Authorities investigated Simmons’ life and career and found no evidence he worked as a spy.

Ex-CIA Director Petraeus Hid Materials in Insulation as FBI Investigated Him

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

While under investigation by the FBI, former CIA Director David Petraeus hid materials in insulation in his attic, the bureau’s director James Comey said Thursday.

Comey made the statement to say that the investigation of Petraeus was different than the one into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information, Fox News reports. 

Petraeus pleaded guilty last year to sharing classified information with his biographer, with whom he had a sexual relationship.

“The Petraeus case, to my mind, illustrates perfectly the kind of cases the Department of Justice is willing to prosecute. Even there, they prosecuted him for a misdemeanor,” Comey told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

“In that case, you had vast quantities of highly classified information … not only shared with someone without authority to have it, but we found it in a search warrant hidden under the insulation in his attic and then he lied to us about it during the investigation,” Comey said.

“So you have obstruction of justice, you have intentional misconduct and a vast quantity of information. He admitted he knew that was the wrong thing to do. That is a perfect illustration of the kind of cases that get prosecuted. In my mind, it illustrates importantly the distinction to this case.”

Records: CIA Imprisoned, Interrogated Man Knowing He Was Innocent

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

CIA headquarters

CIA headquarters

New records reveal that the CIA imprisoned and interrogated a man that investigators knew was not a terrorist.

McClathy reports that the CIA realized it imprisoned the wrong man, a German citizen named Khaleed al-Masri, in Afghanistan.

Al-Mari was held in a secret prison with a “small cell with some clothing, bedding and a bucket for his waste,” according to a recently released internal CIA report.

McClathy wrote:

Adding to the sense of injustice: Even though the agency realized early on that al-Masri was the wrong man, it couldn’t figure out how to release him without having to acknowledge its mistake. The agency eventually dumped him unceremoniously in Albania and essentially pretended his arrest and detention had never happened.

Maryland Man Crashes into CIA’s Headquarters Because of Anger Over Orlando Shooting

CIA headquarters

CIA headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Maryland man was so distraught and troubled by the Orlando shootings that he crashed his car through a gate at CIA headquarters in Langley early Monday, his mother said.

NBC News reports that Thomas Luu, 35, of Rockville, crashed through the gate in a Ford Focus just after 2 a.m.

Investigators said Lue told agents he wanted to get the CIA’s attention but wouldn’t say why.

Luu’s mother said he was angry about the shooting and disappeared overnight.

Investigators wrote in their court filing, “The chain link fence is approximately eight feet tall with another one-and-a-half feet of barbed wire, and covers the two outbound lanes of travel. The gate is clearly marked with a sign that notifies visitors that it is closed; there also are ‘no trespassing’ signs in the immediate area.”

Lou is being held in federal custody while he faces a federal charge of damaging government property.

CIA Director: No Evidence Saudi Arabia Officials Helped 9/11 Terrorists

CIA Director John Brennan

CIA Director John Brennan

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

CIA Director John Brennan said there’s no proof to support claims that the Saudi government or officials supported the Sept. 11 attacks.

In an interview with al-Arabiya, Brennan was addressing the yet-to-be-released 28 pages of a congressional investigation into the 2011 attacks, the New York Post reports. 

President Obama said all or most of the report will be released as early as this month.

Brennan said the 9/11 Commission found there was no evidence to point to Saudi complicity.

“Subsequently the Sept. 11 commission looked very thoroughly at these allegations of Saudi involvement, Saudi government involvement and their finding, their conclusion was that there was no evidence to indicate that the Saudi government as an institution or Saudi senior officials individually had supported the Sep. 11 attacks,” Brennan told al-Arabiya, the Saudi-owned broadcaster, on Saturday.

“Indeed, subsequently the assessments that have been done have shown it was very unfortunate that these attacks took place but this was the work of al-Qaida, (al-Qaida leader Ayman) al-Zawahri, and others of that ilk,” said Brennan, who called Riyadh a strong U.S. partner in fighting terrorism.

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FBI Found Hundreds of Classified Files Given to Petraeus’ Biographer, Former Lover

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When the FBI was investigating the relationship between then-CIA Director David Petraeus and author Paula Broadwell, agents found hundreds of classified documents on Broadwell’s computer.

The newly unsealed documents offer new details of the investigation into the pair’s relationship, who had been having an affair, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Petraeus resigned as head of the CIA and pleaded guilty of mishandling classified documents as a result of the investigation.

Broadwell was never charged.

New documents show that the FBI believed the pair was misleading investigators about the exchange of classified material.

CIA’s Internal Watchdog Claims It Lost Only Copy of Senate Torture Report

torture1By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The CIA claims it has “accidentally” deleted its only copy of the Senate’s lengthy torture report.

The CIA blamed the mistake on the inspector general’s office, which was using the report to review agency conduct, Salon reports.

The agency’s acting inspector general, Christopher Sharpley, claimed his office destroyed its copy of the report by uploading the Senate-provided disk, which was destroyed upon upload as part of normal procedure.

“It’s an embarrassing explanation that gives the appearance of extreme incompetence in the inspector general’s office, which is tasked with preventing abuse and fraud in an organization that stands accused of committing both in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks,” Salon wrote.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., sent a letter to the CIA, requesting that the agency immediately supply the inspector general with a new copy.  “Your prompt response will allay my concern that this was more than an ‘accident,’” Feinstein wrote to Brennan.

CIA Tip Led to Imprisonment of Nelson Mandela in Apartheid-Era South Africa

Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A CIA’s tip to apartheid-era South Africa led to the arrest of Nelson Mandela, according to a deathbed interview with the agent.

The interview with former CIA agent Donald Rickard will be aired as part of British film director John Irvin’s new film, “Mandela’s Gun,” reports Newsweek. 

“He could have incited a war in South Africa, the United States would have to get involved, grudgingly, and things could have gone to hell,” Rickard said, accordingly to The Sunday Times.

“We were teetering on the brink here and it had to be stopped, which meant Mandela had to be stopped. And I put a stop to it.”

Mandela ended up incarcerated for 27 years before the was released in 1990.

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