While many conservatives have grown increasingly suspicious of the U.S. intelligence community in recent years, a shocking new report just gave them another reason to remain extremely concerned.
Documents published by Buzzfeed last week show that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) protected child sex predators.
According to the outlet, at least 10 individuals affiliated with the secretive government agency have been accused of preying on children over a 14 year period.
Buzzfeed reported: “Although most of these cases were referred to US attorneys for prosecution, only one of the individuals was ever charged with a crime,” while most were addressed by the CIA, in-house.
Buzzfeed cited CIA insiders claiming that the agency “resists prosecution of its staff for fear the cases will reveal state secrets.”
One unnamed former official summarized the CIA’s mindset as: “We can’t have these people testify, they may inadvertently be forced to disclose sources and methods.”
Lawsuits filed by Buzzfeed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) uncovered a disturbing pattern of CIA employees facing minimal consequences for alleged sex crimes.
In one instance, an individual was fired after having “had sexual contact with a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old,” while another resigned when he was caught purchasing “sexually explicit videos of young girls.”
It is not clear what, if any, consequences were meted out to an employee who admitted viewing “up to 1,400 sexually abusive images of children while on agency assignments.”
Meanwhile, a CIA contractor “who arranged for sex with an undercover FBI agent posing as a child had his contract revoked.” As in the other cases listed above, he faced no criminal charges.
The only person who actually was criminally charged in connection with an alleged sex crime was someone who was already being investigated for the mishandling of classified documents.