FBI cracks down on FBI E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to a recent article in The Week, FBI assistant director Candice Will says she’s concerned about a "rash of sexting" among FBI employees. Reports from the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility show that 1,045 employees were disciplined from 2010 to 2012 for a variety of reasons including sexting, dating a drug dealer, and visiting a massage parlor.

Eighty-five FBI employees were subsequently fired.

"You can't do this stuff," Will told CNN. "When you are given an FBI BlackBerry, it's for official use. It's not to text the woman in another office who you found attractive or to send a picture of yourself in a state of undress."

n one case, a female FBI employee "used (a) personal cell phone to send nude photographs of herself to other employees," which "adversely affected the daily activities of several squads."

In another sexting fiasco, an FBI worker e-mailed a "nude photograph of herself to ex-boyfriend's wife," prompting the couple to report the incident to supervisors. Both of the employees were allowed to return to work after 10 days.

Another incident that raised eyebrows surfaced last year during the David Petraeus sex scandal, when FBI agent Fred Humphries sent a shirtless photo of himself to Jill Kelley, the Florida socialite who triggered the Petraeus investigation after getting harassing emails from his mistress.

While the agency tries to police their own personnel with gusto, Will says, but "it doesn't mean that we fire everybody. You know, our employees are human, as we all are. We all make mistakes. When possible, the agency gives people a second chance. If you lie under oath, you are gone,”" Will told CNN.    

"If you tell the truth — it's sort of Watergate 101. It's not always the behavior itself that results in a seriously adverse finding. It can just be the cover-up."


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