Documents reveal FBI transgressions, abuses of power
Leaked internal FBI documents reveal dozens of employee transgressions ranging from sex-related misconduct to felonies involving the abuse of power and classified information.
One employee gave sensitive information to his girlfriend, who was a journalist, and later threatened to release a sex tape of the two after they had broken up. The employee lied under oath during the inquiry.
Another employee became obsessed with a co-worker and continued to press for a closer relationship despite “clear indications” that the colleague wasn’t interested and persisted even after receiving orders to cease contact.
A third FBI employee shoplifted two ties from a local store.
In another instance, an employee obtained FISA-derived information from over 1,500 unauthorized searches of the FBI database and shared it with a non-FBI employee.
Other examples of employee misconduct included domestic violence, improper sexual relations with sources, misuse of government property, illegal firearms transactions, and driving under the influence of alcohol. In all cases, the employees were punished either with dismissal or suspension for up to months.
According to CNN, the FBI confirmed that “about 325 to 350 employees a year receive some kind of discipline, ranging from a reprimand to suspension.” The FBI has 34,300 employees, including 13,700 agents.
“We do have a no-tolerance policy,” Candice Will, FBI’s Assistant Director, said. “We don’t tolerate our employees engaging in misconduct. We expect them to behave pursuant to the standards of conduct imposed on all FBI employees.”
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