A memo obtained by CBS reveals that the State Department might have covered up allegations of illegal and inappropriate behavior by government employees, including foreign diplomats.
According to an internal State Department Inspector General's memo, several recent investigations were influenced, manipulated or simply called off. The Diplomatic Security Service, or the DSS, is responsible for investigating cases of misconduct, The New York Post reported.
Mike Pohelitz, a retired senior agent at the DSS who was involved in one of the cases listed in the memo, said he was told to stop investigating and that the order came from high up.
"I got the information through my DS channel," he said. "But it had to come from somebody higher than DS, I'm sure."
Memos showed that probes included allegations about an ambassador who “routinely ditched his protective security detail … to solicit sexual favors from … prostitutes” in parks. It also indicated that the security detail of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had “engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries.”
“We also uncovered several allegations of criminal wrongdoing in cases ... some of which never became cases,” said Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator for the Inspector General. “We were very upset. We expect to see influence, but the degree to which that influence existed and how high up is very disturbing.”
The State Department released a statement denying cover-ups.
“Not all allegations are substantiated,” according to the statement. “It goes without saying that the Department does not condone interference with investigations by any of its employees.”
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