State Department has hired agents with criminal records, memo reveals
The State Department has hired an alarming number of law-enforcement agents with criminal or checkered backgrounds because of a flawed hiring process, a stunning memo obtained by The Post reveals.
The background problems are severe enough that many of the roughly 2,000 agents in State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security can play only limited roles in agency efforts to police bad conduct and prosecute wrongdoers.
Outside experts to study State Dept. sex crimes review
The memo contained “unsubstantiated accusations” about both improper behavior by diplomats and interference into investigations and was “written without the benefit of reviewing any case files,” Psaki said. She added that by the time the memo was written in October 2012, investigators “had already started looking into or completed the process of looking into these individual incidents.”
State Department scandal: Alleged sex crimes, drug abuse reportedly ignored
However, the concerns were backed by several officials with the Diplomatic Security Service, a State Department force tasked with protecting the agency’s far-flung, 70,000-member staff,according to CBS. DSS officials told the US network that top State Department officials pressured them to stop investigating.
This has raised suspicions of a possible cover-up just months after the agency faced similar accusations over last year’s attack on a US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.