Fox News “Terror Expert” Lies About CIA Ties, Arrested

Fox News “Terror Expert” Lies About CIA Ties, Arrested

Excerpt from GQ Magazine:

Fox News contributor Wayne Simmons was sold to the public as a "terror expert" and a former CIA operative. It turns out, he might've been just some guy named Wayne Simmons. Now this is embarrassing for Fox, but on some level it's hard to blame them for not checking this guy's résumé. The process of verifying someone's CIA credentials must be difficult, what with the whole "classified" thing. But what's really crazy about this story is how Simmons ended up getting arrested. From The Washington Post:

According to federal prosecutors, his claims of a 27-year career with the CIA were lies, and it was only by repeating such falsehoods that Simmons was able to briefly get actual security clearances and real government contracting work in more recent years...

It’s not clear precisely what prompted the criminal investigation or when it began, but the charges against Simmons are based largely on his allegedly lying on official government documents to help get contracting jobs and security clearances.

It's one thing to allegedly lie to Fox News and then the American people about being in the CIA (and be bold enough to think you'd get away with it). It's another thing to go to the American government about having done covert work for the American government. He knows that they're actually able to track who was in the CIA, right? Additionally, it appears that Simmons claimed to have been in the Navy, though a Navy spokesperson told the Washington Post there was no evidence of that either. ...

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