New charges for Cunningham associates

SAN DIEGO, May 12 (UPI) -- A former top CIA official has been charged with improperly trying to steer a $132 million project to a contractor implicated in a prior U.S. corruption case.

A federal grand jury in San Diego indicted Kyle Foggo -- formerly the No. 3 official in the CIA -- on charges of attempting to win an agency contract for San Diego contractor Brent Wilkes. Former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif., admitted accepting $2.4 million in payoffs and gifts from Wilkes and Mitchell Wade, a former associate of Wilkes.


Cunningham is serving an eight-year federal prison term in the corruption case.

The indictment against Foggo -- handed up Thursday in San Diego --alleges he gave Wilkes sensitive national security information to help Wilkes get a contract to provide air services and armored vehicles to the agency, even though Wilkes had relatively little experience in those areas, The San Diego Union-Tribune said Saturday.

Wilkes allegedly promised Foggo a job with his firm and treated him to thousands of dollars worth of dinners and vacations.

Wilkes and Foggo had no comment.

Both pleaded not guilty in February to charges that Foggo helped Wilkes get a $1.7 million contract to supply water to CIA agents in Iraq at a 60 percent markup, the newspaper said.


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