According to CBS, an internal State Department memo highlights eight examples of State investigations that were “influenced, manipulated, or simply called off”:
Among them: allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut “engaged in sexual assaults” on 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.”
The memo also reveals details about an “underground drug ring” was operating near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and supplied State Department security contractors with drugs.
Prostitutes? Didn’t these employees learn anything from the Secret Service last year?
In addition, the details of criminal cases may have been covered up:
Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator with the State Department’s internal watchdog agency, the Inspector General, told Miller, “We also uncovered several allegations of criminal wrongdoing in cases, some of which never became cases.”
In such cases, DSS agents told the Inspector General’s investigators that senior State Department officials told them to back off, a charge that Fedenisn says is “very” upsetting.
The State Department has remained relatively unscathed by Benghazi and has mostly avoided a hit from the Summer of Scandals up until now. It will be interesting to see if these allegations have any legs.