It was winter 2003: the lightning raid on MZM headquarters by federal agents was a year and a half away. Then-Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA) was out of jail, still had his boat and antiques, and ate fancy meals with his favorite briber, MZM chief Mitchell Wade, at the Capitol Grille. In short, it was a happier time.
We got our hands on what appears to be an internal company newsletter from that time. Ah, 12 pages of golden memories:
- Mitch and his wife dancing at the MZM holiday party;
- Senior company exec Jim King accepting National Security Medal from then-CIA Director George "Slam Dunk" Tenet;
- Wade, chumming with Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) and former VA Gov. Mark Warner (D); and
- Timeless advice on Mad Cow Disease, Hep A and SARS.