At least 10 employees of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as well as contractors working with the agency, have allegedly been committing sexual crimes against children without punishment for the last 14 years, according to an investigative report by BuzzFeed.
The claims stem from hundreds of documents featuring internal agency reports that were obtained and compiled by BuzzFeed through numerous Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
Allegedly, despite most of the cases in question being referred to U.S. attorneys for prosecution, criminal charges were only brought against one individual. The rest of the cases were ultimately dealt with internally, which usually led to no more than possible loss of employment and revoking of security clearances. Staffers at the CIA claim that the agency tries to avoid prosecution as often as possible because such legal processes could ostensibly expose state secrets.
Among other examples, one employee was fired for having sexual contact with a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old, while another employee resigned for obtaining sexually explicit videos of little girls that were filmed by their mothers. When a contractor made an arrangement to have sex with an undercover FBI agent who was posing as a child, his punishment simply consisted of revoking his contract with the agency. Read more…