David Corn weighs in on the CIA influence peddling poker games and sex-for-influence ring connected to Duke Cunningham, in light of CIA Director Porter Goss's recent and very sudden departure from the agency:
Wilkes did hold parties and poker games for CIA officials and lawmakers, including members of the House intelligence committee. (Goss has been a CIA director, a lawmaker, and a member of the House intelligence committee.) Wilkes was pals with Foggo. (As CIA executive director, Foggo manages the CIA on a day-by-day basis for Goss.) So might Goss know anything about (a) a rigged contract; (b) bad behavior at Wilkes' poker bashes; (c) the non-recreational use of prostitutes; (d) all of the above or something we cannot even imagine?
Jon Ponder has more:
Last week, Harper’s magazine reported that party-goers “under intense scrutiny by the FBI are current and former lawmakers on Defense and Intelligence committees — including one person who now holds a powerful intelligence post.” CIA Director Porter Goss is perhaps the only individual who fits such a description.
Think Progress has put together a concise and thorough primer on the Agency, Cunningham, and their connection to Goss. Jane Hamsher, 'Dr. Miguelito Loveless' over at Thoughtcrimes.org, DailyKos's 'georgia10', and Peter Daou offer their views.
I don't know if this story will get any traction, though, until we can agree on a concise '-gate' name for it. Is it Watergate 2? The hookers were taken to the Watergate and to the Westin, and the poker games were held at the Westin. Is it 'Hookergate'? In DC, is that really being specific enough? It's at least a hair less vague than 'Scandal the media will never cover because it involves Republicans-gate'...
And just what do we call that scandal?