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Originally published February 13, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified February 13, 2007 at 5:01 PM

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CIA's former No. 3 official charged in corruption case

The CIA's former No. 3 official and a defense contractor were charged today with fraud and other offenses in the corruption investigation that sent former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham to prison,.

The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- The CIA's former No. 3 official and a defense contractor were charged today with fraud and other offenses in the corruption investigation that sent former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham to prison, The Associated Press has learned.

Federal indictments named Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, executive director of the CIA until he resigned in May, and his close friend, San Diego defense contractor Brent Wilkes, both 52, according to two government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because grand jury proceedings are secret.

In a separate indictment, Wilkes was charged with conspiring to bribe Cunningham in return for government contracts. A man who was described as a co-conspirator in Cunningham's 2005 plea agreement, John T. Michael, was also charged.

Cunningham, an eight-term Republican, served on the House Intelligence Committee and on the defense subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee -- assignments that made him a key figure in the awarding of Pentagon contracts.

He pleaded guilty in November 2005 to taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors and others, including mortgage payments, a Rolls-Royce and a yacht he named "Duke-Stir." He was sentenced last year to more than eight years in prison.

A House Intelligence Committee report on Cunningham's activities released in October called for more investigation into Foggo's dealings with the intelligence panel, given Foggo's close relationship with former committee aide Brant Bassett.

Foggo was named executive director of the CIA in 2004, responsible for running the agency's day-to-day operations. He retired in May while under investigation by the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, the Pentagon, the CIA and the U.S. attorney's office in San Diego.

According to Cunningham's plea agreement, Wilkes' companies won nearly $100 million in federal contracts over the last decade in exchange for funneling more than $626,000 in bribes to the congressman between 2000 and 2004.

Foggo and Wilkes grew up together in the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista. The two men remained close as adults, naming their sons after each other and sharing a private wine locker at a fancy Washington restaurant.

Cunningham's plea agreement identified Michael as a beneficiary of the congressman's misdeeds.

Another Cunningham co-conspirator, Mitchell Wade, is cooperating with prosecutors after pleading guilty in February 2006 to bribing Cunningham in exchange for more than $150 million in government contracts for his company, MZM Inc.

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