From Ken Silverstein over at Harper's
I recently received an advance copy of Seth Hettena's Feasting on the Spoils: The Life and Times of Randy Ã¢ÂÂDukeÃ¢ÂÂ Cunningham, History's Most Corrupt Congressman, which will be published this July and which I highly recommend. In addition to being a terrific piece of political reporting, the book is filled with juicy details concerning the seamier side of the Cunningham affair, otherwise known as Ã¢ÂÂHookergate.Ã¢ÂÂ
I was particularly interested in stories Hettena unearthed about Kyle Ã¢ÂÂDustyÃ¢ÂÂ Foggo, whom former CIA director Porter Goss had named as executive director, the agency's number-three official. Foggo resigned last year not long after FBI agents raided his home and office. The Feds suspected that Foggo, who was later indicted, had funneled CIA contracts to his long-time friend Brent Wilkes, the defense contractor who is accused of bribing Cunningham with money and prostitutes.
Some of the more sensational stories in Hettena's bookÃ¢ÂÂand he has on-the-record sourcesÃ¢ÂÂgot me thinking. First, didn't Foggo's frequent indiscretions (for example, flashing his agency ID to jump the line at a strip club) raise red flags about his character? Second, wasn't Foggo's outlandish sexual behaviorÃ¢ÂÂlike, say, publicly performing oral sex on a hooker (hired by Wilkes) at his own bachelor partyÃ¢ÂÂjust the sort of thing that makes intelligence officials potentially vulnerable to blackmail by a hostile spy service? Third, might it be possible to cynically point to such revelations and use them as a hook for a blog item that combines sex and espionage?
The answers, you won't be surprised to find out, are yes, yes, and yes