CIA Contractor Sentenced to 8-Year Prison Term
In other news, a former CIA contractor has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison over the beating death of an Afghan prisoner. The contractor, David Passaro, was convicted for abusing Abu Wali with his fists and a flashlight. Wali – a young farmer -- died the next day. He had voluntarily turned himself into a US military base after hearing he was suspected of involvement in rocket attacks. During the trial Passaro’s defense team made unsuccessful attempts to subpoena senior US officials in an effort to prove the beatings were implicitly authorized at the highest level.
Ex-CIA Executive Director Charged in Cunningham Scandal
In other CIA news, former CIA Executive Director Kyle “Dusty” Foggo has been charged in connection with the bribery scandal that sent Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham to jail. On Tuesday, Foggo was charged with fraud and other offenses in his alleged efforts to steer contracts towards a San Diego defense contractor. Foggo was the CIA’s third highest official until his resignation in May. The contractor, Brent Wilkes, has also been charged.
Attorneys: No Testimony for Cheney at Libby Trial
Defense attorneys for Lewis “Scooter” Libby have announced they won’t be calling Libby or Vice President Dick Cheney to the stand. Libby is accused of lying to investigators and a grand jury during the investigation of the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. The announcement paves the way for Libby’s lawyers to wrap up their defense as early as today.