Memo: State Deptartment cover-up possible - Breanna Edwards - POLITICO.comAccording to a “CBS This Morning” report out Monday, an internal State Department Inspector General’s memo showed that “several recent investigations were influenced, manipulated, or simply called off.” The memo pointed to eight specific examples, which included alleged sexual assaults and engaging with prostitutes by employees ranking from security officers to a U.S. ambassador.
The cases highlighted by “CBS This Morning,” pointed to allegations that a State Department security official sexually assaulted foreign nationals hired as embassy guards in Beruit and allegations that members of former Security of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail solicited prostitutes while abroad on official trips.
There were also details about an “underground drug ring,” which was operating near the embassy in Baghdad and was allegedly supplying State Department security contractors with illegal substances.
The problem was described as “endemic” in the memo.
“We were very upset. We expect to see influence, but the degree to which that influence existed, and how high up it went, was very disturbing,” Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator for the office of the Inspector General, the State Department’s internal watchdog agency and a whistleblower on the issue told CBS News’ John Miller. “My heart really went out to the agents in that office because they really want to do the right thing, they want to investigate the cases fully, correctly, accurately. And they can’t.”