Declassified CIA files revealed years of CIA employees committing sex crimes involving children and the agency failing to hold them accountable.
According to CIA files obtained by BuzzFeed through multiple Freedom of Information Act lawsuits, over the past 14 years the agency has allegedly withheld credible evidence revealing that at least 10 CIA employees and contractors were allegedly involved in sex crimes against children.
The allegations in the report accused one employee of sexual contact with a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old. The individual was fired. A second employee purchased three sexually explicit videos of young girls and resigned. Another employee admitted viewing up to 1,400 sexually abusive images of children while working on an agency assignment. Records fail to show what measures the CIA took or if the agency took any action against the individual at all.
Furthermore, a contractor had his contract revoked after arranging sex with an undercover FBI agent posing as a child.
Although most cases were sent off to US attorneys for criminal charges, only one individual was charged with a crime. The remaining cases were sent back to the CIA to be handled internally.
Four former officials with ties to the agency told BuzzFeed there are numerous reasons why prosecutors don't pursue criminal charges.
However, one individual familiar with the CIA's Office of the Inspector General said the agency could be forced to lose control of sensitive information in a criminal case. The official confessed the agency had problems with child abuse images for decades.
Unfortunately, the CIA is not the only governmental agency involved in sex crimes against children, BuzzFeed reported.
In a 2019 report, The Department of Defense admitted dozens of Pentagon staff or contractors had sexually abusive images of children.
Similarly, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community in 2014 identified two National Reconnaissance officials, tasked with overseeing America's spy satellites, who admitted to viewing images of child sexual abuse during a polygraph.
A top Pentagon security official, Daniel Payen, said the amount of child porn he sees when examining staffer's computers is "unbelievable."
CIA refused to share information regarding the report. Still, the agency affirmed it "takes all allegations of possible criminal misconduct committed by personnel seriously."
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