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CIA Official, Defense Contractor to Face Conspiracy Charges


A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted a former high-ranking U.S. intelligence official and a defense contractor in a corruption probe that led to the jailing of a prominent U.S. lawmaker.

The director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Michael Hayden confirmed the charges against Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, the former third-highest official at the CIA, and California-based defense contractor Brent Wilkes on Tuesday.

The jury charged the men Tuesday with fraud and conspiracy in connection to large government contracts Wilkes' company received.

One of Wilkes' companies was also implicated in the trial of Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham last year.

The Californian Republican admitted he accepted more than $2 million in bribes in exchange for sending government contracts to companies controlled by Wilkes and another businessman. He was sentenced to more than eight years in prison last March.

In a statement, the CIA said it will continue to cooperate closely with other investigative agencies and the U.S. Department of Justice in the case.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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