The bumbling by FBI Director James Comey in the Hillary Clinton email probe is not that unusual for the bureau. Go back to the Watergate case, and there is the FBI manipulating the course of the Nixon investigation: not until 2006 did Deep Throat come clean and identify himself as actually Mark Felt, one of the FBI’s two associate directors.
Researcher and writer Max Holland, of web publication Washington Decoded, has discovered Deep Throat was using journalist Bob Woodward to discredit his competitors for the directorship — and advance his own desire to be named FBI chief after the death of J. Edgar Hoover in 1972. Holland’s book, "Leak," shines a new light on Mark Felt’s motives to feed self-serving information to Woodward. As Holland sees it, Woodward, and cohort Carl Bernstein, overstated their roles and Deep Throat’s information in the Watergate affair.
Another FBI misadventure occurred in 1999. FBI agents entered CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, to take into custody veteran CIA officer Brian Kelley. From that point on, Kelley’s life was ruined in the hands of the FBI.
The Agency, and the CIA, believed Kelley was the unindentified mole in CIA they had sought for several years. The FBI assumed Kelley was guilty for keeping detailed self-made maps that appeared to be "dead drop" locations for him to leave secrets for the Soviets — and pick up instructions from his contacts in Moscow.
The FBI, which investigates internal matters for the FBI and the CIA, restricted Kelley from traveling outside the Washington, D.C., area for nearly two years while they questioned him relentlessly. They sent “false flag” agents to Kelley’s home masquerading as foreign nationals to trap him into a slip-up that would prove he was the mole they were after. They even interrogated his elderly mother, telling her he was the spy who betrayed his country.
After 18 months of harassing Kelley, the Bureau was contacted by an ex-Soviet operative who offered a file and personal items that would prove Kelley was the mole. The Bureau paid $7 million (or ten million, some say) for the information. While listening to the audio tapes included in the package, they realized the voice of the mole they were seeking was not Kelley. One agent said, that’s Robert Hanssen. His office is down the hall. And he is one of ours, not the CIA’s, who had suffered from four moles in the previous decade. (For more on how Hanssen was arrested, see the film "Breach").
Soon after his exoneration, Kelley was interviewed by CBS' "60 minutes." He made his first public appearance at the Raleigh Spy Conference in 2002. Needless to say, several FBI agents attended Kelley’s presentation; they were pleasantly surprised he was not bitter about his ordeal with the FBI.
But one thing bothered Kelley: the FBI director had not apologized. Worse, FBI investigators showed up on "60 Minutes" to state they did nothing wrong. In the end, after Kelley began a new position with the CIA — that included teaching FBI agents the differences between the cops and robbers mentality of the FBI and the CIA’s intelligence work — the bureau apologized, half-heartedly, before Kelley passed away in 2012.
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Bernie Reeves founded five regional publications and the Raleigh Spy Conference. His writing has appeared in National Review and American Thinker. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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