Declassified reports from the CIA’s inspector general revealed that at least 10 members of the agency allegedly committed sex crimes against children and were never prosecuted.
According to BuzzFeed News, the U.S. Federal Intelligence Agency secretly amassed information about child sex crimes committed by permanent and temporary employees, which, although referred to federal prosecutors, ended up being “resolved internally” without prosecution in all but one case.
According to BuzzFeed, the documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and date from 2004 to 2019 show that the sex crimes committed were covered up by the CIA and that some of those involved were only removed from their positions.
The media mentions that the federal agency is reluctant to prosecute its personnel to protect state secrets that could be exposed, citing the endorsement of a federal law that exempts it from disclosing details about its operations.
According to the documents, one CIA staff member allegedly downloaded videos containing images of child sexual abuse of minors ranging from 8 to 16 years old, which he shared with others using the agency’s Wi-Fi network. Another allegedly purchased pornographic movies involving minors. In both cases, the employees were never brought to trial.
Another more serious case involves a CIA employee who reportedly confessed to sexually abusing a six-year-old girl and engaging in inappropriate sexual activity with an unidentified two-year-old girl. Despite the admissions and the evidence that investigators found on his devices, prosecutors from the Eastern District of Virginia declined to take up a criminal case. Instead, they told the inspector general there were “taint issues,” a term that is sometimes used to refer to mishandled evidence.
In addition, the documents cite a case in which the contract of a temporary member, who had agreed to have sex with someone who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent posing as a child, was terminated.
Of all the sex crime cases mentioned in the documents, there is only a record of a single prosecution and conviction; even though, as the media outlet noted, the CIA assured it “takes all allegations of possible criminal misconduct committed by personnel seriously.”
But crimes of pedophilia, including both sexual abuse and the viewing of images of child abuse, not only involve members of the CIA but have also been uncovered among the personnel of other government agencies.
Documents dating back to 2009 revealed that Department of Defense employees and contractors contained child abuse videos and pornography.
Meanwhile, in 2016, Pentagon Defense Security Service Director Daniel Payne said that “the amount of child porn” that was found on government devices “is just unbelievable.”