by Carey Wedler, TheAntiMedia:
Fox News commentator was arrested and charged for falsely promoting himself as a former CIA agent, according to a federal indictment unsealed on Thursday.
The suit against Wayne Simmons alleges he asserted he was a CIA agent for 27 years, dishonestly claiming he was recruited from the Navy and worked on special operations throughout his career. Simmons’ reported fabrications helped him secure a position as a commentator on Fox News, where he discussed terrorism.
The Washington Post summarized his false record:
“On his Web site, Simmons, 62, of Annapolis, claimed he was recruited to the CIA from the Navy, and he soon became part of the agency’s ‘Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Group,’ leading ‘Deep Cover Intel Ops against some of the world’s most dangerous Drug Cartels and arms smugglers from Central and South American and the Middle East.’ Simmons claimed on the site he was one the first ‘outside Intelligence officers’ to visit the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, and he served as a consultant to the Bush White House on the Military Commissions Act of 2006.”
While the prosecutors do not dispute that Simmons worked for the government at some points, they contend he only attained the positions by lying about his history with the CIA.
Simmons was hired in 2008 as a “Human Terrain System Team Leader” for a government contractor, which was unnamed in the indictment. The prosecutors accuse him of attaining this job and the accompanying security clearance by “falsely stating that he had been recruited to the CIA in 1973, that he had not previously been charged with or convicted of a felony offense, that his prior arrests and criminal convictions were directly related to his supposed intelligence work for the CIA, and that he had held a top secret security clearance from 1973 to 2000.”
Two years after receiving the 2008 position, he was hired by another subcontractor and worked overseas as an adviser to senior military personnel. Prosecutors allege he also earned this job based on his misrepresentations. He now faces charges of false statements, major fraud against the United States, and wire fraud.
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