Air Wilkes

One key cog in Brent Wilkes’ appropriations machine was a corporate jet that he used to fly around key members of Congress – Duke Cunningham, then-Majority Leader Tom DeLay, and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, among them.

Well, Laura Rozen reports that Wilkes might have been trying to move from flying Congressmen to flying CIA detainees. Wilkes had several large contracts coming to him through the CIA, much larger than he’d had before…

…what were the forthcoming contracts for? According to a source, they were to create and run a secret plane network, for whatever needs the CIA has for secret fleets of planes. Presumably, that might include “extraordinary renditions,” e.g. to fly terror suspects off the radar to locations for interrogation.

The CIA has launched an investigation into the connection between the CIA’s No. 3 Kyle “Dusty” Foggo and Brent Wilkes, who were very, very close (best-man-at-each-other’s-weddings close). No doubt this will be part of it.