Skip to comments.CIA chief quits after 'Hookergate'
Posted on 05/07/2006 1:50:56 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy
ALL the ingredients for a spy thriller involving prostitutes, poker, a congressman called Randy and parties at the legendary Watergate complex may lie behind the sudden resignation of Porter Goss as director of the CIA last Friday. The saga has already been named Hookergate and the CIA is buzzing with rumours that there is more to Gosss departure than meets the eye.
The timing is certainly curious, coming hard on the heels of the CIAs confirmation last week that Kyle Dusty Foggo, the number three in the nations spy centre who was hand-picked by Goss, had attended poker games at the Watergate and Westin Grand hotels in Washington with Brent Wilkes, a defence contractor and close boyhood friend.
Wilkes is under investigation for allegedly providing Randy Duke Cunningham, a disgraced Republican congressman, with prostitutes, limousines and free hotel suites.
The net is also closing in on Foggo, who is being investigated by the FBI over the award to Wilkes of a $3m contract to supply bottled water and other goods to CIA operatives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Although Foggo has admitted playing poker with Wilkes, he insists that no prostitutes were present.
A former senior CIA official said this weekend that he had been told by a trusted source inside the agency that Goss, 67, had attended one of the poker games. The CIA has denied it. Goss has repeatedly denied being there, so if it were to come out that he was, he is finished, the former official said.
Intelligence and law enforcement sources said solid evidence had yet to emerge that Goss also went to the parties, but Goss and Foggo share a fondness for poker and expensive cigars.
Larry Johnson, a former CIA operative and a Bush administration critic, said Goss had a relationship with Dusty and with Brent Wilkes thats now coming under greater scrutiny.
Johnson vouched for the integrity of Foggo and Goss but said: Dusty was a big poker player, and its my understanding that Porter Goss was also there (at Wilkess parties) for poker. Its going to be guilt by association.
President George W Bush said on Friday that Gosss tenure at the CIA was one of transition, although that temporary description was not used when Goss was appointed to the job only 19 months ago.
Behind Bushs public explanation for Gosss departure lies a second authorised version, according to which Goss lost a turf battle for power and prestige with John Negroponte, the politically adept new director of national intelligence, a post created to oversee all intelligence gathering after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Inside the CIA Goss quickly became unpopular after he drove out some of the agencys most experienced hands more than a dozen senior officials left.
Some saw the revolving door as necessary after the CIA failed to uncover Al-Qaedas plots and supplied faulty intelligence on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Even so, Goss will not be mourned by colleagues. Theres more champagne being drunk tonight than on New Years Eve, said one former high-ranking CIA official after Gosss resignation was announced.
Associates say the former Republican congressman never got a handle on the job. It was like watching a friend in pain, one said. I think he got in over his head.
Goss is expected to be replaced tomorrow by General Michael Hayden, head of the National Security Agency (NSA), who is close to Dick Cheney, the vice-president. Bush had hoped to announce his appointment at the same time as Gosss departure. But the CIA chief reportedly said: If were going to do this, lets go ahead and do it. It implies that Goss was sacked more brutally than Bushs polite words about his able leadership of the CIA had suggested.
The significance of Hookergate in Gosss demise has yet to emerge, but CIA officers and congressmen are nervous about how far the allegations of sleaze will reach.
The disgraced congressman Cunningham, a 64-year-old Vietnam flying ace, was sentenced to eight years in prison in March for accepting bribes from defence contractors while a member of the defence appropriations sub-committee.
It was obvious that he was living way above his means on a Washington yacht called the Duke-Stir where, in his pyjamas, he would entertain women with champagne. A penitent Cunningham is said to be co-operating with the FBI.
I guess I don't have to point out "former senior CIA operative", "Larry Johnson, a former CIA operative and a Bush administration critic", and "former high-ranking CIA official".
It gives me a warm feeling that all these people are "former" and not "present". Whatever the reasons for Goss's retirement, he must have done something good!
London Times on "Hookergate".
The Dezinformatsia is spreading.
I skimmed the article, not a single word about the big leaker he caught -- Mary O. McCarthy? The big dem donor, pal of Val and Joe. Yet they quote the discredited Larry Johnson. This kind of garbage is why old media is/has gone downhill and is ignored by most sane people. This is not news, its just the old standard smear campaign that the dems are so well known for.
There, fixed it.
So what's the big deal if they play poker???
Prostitutes and kickbacks are another issue...
Yoi and double yoi.
Is it any wonder so many good people dont want to serve in government?
Ah yes, the MSM just loves the rumors mill. What a bunch of crapy, crap, crap.
Larry Johnson is the f-ing intelligence genius who wrote a New York Times editorial 2 monthw prior to 911 that terrorism is not a threat to the US. Real smart.
Except when it is aimed at liberals. Then those rumors must be investigated and triple-substantiated prior to being reported....then, once substantiated, it is downplayed as a "private matter" or the product of "sensational jounalism".
>>I'm sure there was a good reason the White House didn't discuss WHY he "resigned."<<
So you signed up with a CIA official's name to post that?
Welcome to Free Republic. I have see visions of viking kitties for the rest of the short time you spend here.
Here's one for ya:
One thing all those gloom and doom articles contain is the idea that "the Repubs fear a "disaster" on Election Day.
I don't think the election is going to be anti-Repub as much as anti-incumbent.
In Ohio and VA recently the incumbent Repubs were tossed and replaced by fresh blood.
Repub voters DID NOT opt to vote third party or Democrat.
142 posted on 05/06/2006 4:52:52 AM PDT by moondoggie
Things are better than many think. Also Fox New's poll shows improvement for Bush.
"Dusty" and "Duke". If only I liked poker and cigars and hookers, I could have a nickname too.
All your poles belong to ours MSM.
According to a reporter yesterday, maybe NPR, Negroponte gets massages twice a week. (Should be enough to get him fired.)
A Friday announcement on the sudden end of Goss is a sure sign that the WH was trying to low cycle this news story.
This is based on the NY Daily News "scoop," with just a wee bit of a caveat --
"Intelligence and law enforcement sources said solid evidence had yet to emerge that Goss also went to the parties, but Goss and Foggo share a fondness for poker and expensive cigars, and the FBI investigation was continuing."
Aha! Guilt by association with cigars and poker! Hang him!
The infantile whining and backbiting emanating from current and former Langley-ites is proof enough the CIA needs a major housecleaning. Is this the mentality we want in those charged with preventing another 9/11?
The only real news in this entire article is that Goss may have attended a poker game.
Then why did the President of the United States have Goss sitting beside him in the Oval Office and make the announcement himself, then say good things about him? Strange, strange lowballing. NOT.
Wait - you almost sat on my kitty....
Because Dubya has a LOT of class. Even if it only appears that Goss has an ethical problem, that is sufficient to ask for his resignation from such an important position.
Better watch your backside there newbie.
Just a rumor, but I heard that Foggo's mom was involved in Hookergate as well.
I wonder how good a poker player is Dick Morris...
You lost me somewhere in there.
I don't think he asked for his resignation and I don't think it has to do with hookergate.Time will tell, but already there are stories that unnamed WH officials are saying no to the hookergate speculation.
Instead, I think it was planned by Goss and Bush.
Go here and scroll down to stories about Michael Hayden and Porter Goss.
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But mainly, I had replied to a post suggesting that Bush was trying to play down this event by doing it on Friday. Because, it was implied, that Goss has done something wrong. I said Bush was not trying to bury it in a Friday newscycle or else he would not have hyped it to the max by having Goss by his side in the Oval Office.
Class act or not. If you want to play down a resignation, you do not have the President announce it himself with the guy sitting right next to him in the Oval. Period.
I particularly "appreciate" the last "bullet" comment about the containment of terrorism from his July 2001 story. Wonder how almost 3000 other "folks" would "appreciate" the writings of this "expert".
Much anger. Mom involved in Hookergate?
This was no surprise. Stop spreading false innuendo.
Then why is this even a story? Oh, that's right... this is the MSM!
I smell a May 7, 2006 troll.
I smell another May 7, 2006 Troll.
So our automatic and innocently delivered response whenever lieing Larry shows up should be: Is that the same Larry Johnson who wrote in the NYT right before 9/11 that terrorism isn't a threat to the US?
To Larry's credit, it at least proves he didn't have foreknowledge of 9/11. I'm not so sure of some of the folks pulling his little strings.
The smearing is underway. That's what the MSM does on behalf of their cohorts in congress.
The most experienced hands that never knew about the plan to destroy the USS Cole.
The most experienced hands that never noticed the plans to blow up our Embassies overseas.
The whole article is full of innuendo and cute remarks but sorely lacking in critical thinking. You ought to have noticed that.
Bad start to your (short) stay here at FR.
We have more evidence that you are a troll than anyone has that Goss was involved in "Hookergate".
What I love is how the Left is so out for blood that they don't realize that smearing Porter Goss right now will serve them no purpose other than to make it easier for his replacement (who ran the NSA spying program, way to stick it to 'em, W!) to be confirmed.
What is that - 2 on this small thread already?