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Ex-CIA official pleads not guilty to new charges in illegal defense contract scheme

[JURIST] Former CIA Executive Director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo [Wikipedia profile] pleaded not guilty to new charges on Monday that accuse him of receiving luxury kickbacks in return for giving a $100 million contract to defense contractor and friend Brent Wilkes [Newsweek profile]. The new charges replace older corruption charges connected with the case of former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham [official profile], and allege a second scheme in which Foggo provided Wilkes with classified information to bolster Wilkes' chance at winning the defense contract. In return, Foggo received vacations, private flights, and a job offer with Wilkes's firm.

In February, both Foggo and Wilkes pleaded not guilty after they were indicted by a grand jury [JURIST report] on the corruption charges. Cunningham pleaded guilty [JURIST report] in 2005 for taking $2.4 million in bribes from Wilkes and others in return for federal contracts. AP has more.

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