And we learned about the scandal involving the Department covering up an entire series of bad behavior including allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut “engaged in sexual assaults” with foreign nationals hired as embassy guards, and the charge and that members of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail “engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries” — a problem the report says was “endemic.” Finally we learned that there was a Sex For visas/human trafficking scandal.
The NY Post reported today that most of the cases have been ignored or swept under the rug.
Records show that staffers were given cushy jobs or allowed to retire, and watchdogs say the feds have hardly bothered to investigate since the shenanigans came to light this past summer.In the mater of former Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman and members of Clinton’s security detail who hired prostitutes, they were given little more than wrist-slaps.
“The first few days after the revelation, there was a whole lot of barking going on,” said Damon Mathias, a lawyer for Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator with the department’s inspector general who leaked an internal memo citing probes that were derailed by senior officials under then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“Nobody’s barking anymore. As a concerned citizen, what the hell is going on here?”
As for the reports of Naples Consul General Donald Moore hiring call girls and having torrid affairs with Italian employees they have not hurt Moore’s career.
He left his post as Naples consul general in June and now teaches at the Air War College in Montgomery, Ala. — a position paid for by the State Department, according to a college spokesman.And for other employees mentioned in the scandal:
In a case filed with the department’s Office of Civil Rights, former consul officer Kerry Howard claims Moore harassed her after she tried to expose his hanky-panky at the Naples office.
Howard’s lawyer, Lawrence Kelly, is asking the IG to investigate allegations of financial misconduct and accusations that Moore had an affair with a language instructor.
- Chuck Lisenbee, a former Beirut security officer who was being probed for allegedly sexually assaulting local guards, is now a special agent in Washington for the Office of Diplomatic Vehicles, Enforcement and Outreach, according to a State Department phone directory. Agents were only given three days to investigate the allegations against him, according to the memo.
- Brett McGurk — a former senior adviser to the ambassador to Iraq — was appointed the deputy assistant secretary for Iraq and Iran in August, according to the State Department Web site. He was President Obama’s nominee for ambassador to Iraq but withdrew after his extramarital affair with a Wall Street Journal reporter was exposed.According to the memo, investigators never interviewed McGurk because Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, intervened.
- Gutman was allowed to retire in July. A State Department investigator found Gutman solicited “sexual favors from both prostitutes and minor children,” according to the memo. The IG’s Office is reviewing the charges and the department’s procedures and plans to release a followup report.
What difference at this point does it make?