A former CIA official who steered contracts toward a friend in the days after Sept. 11, 2001, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison, the Washington Post reports. Kyle Foggo was, at the time, the CIA’s executive director, the agency’s third-highest position. In exchange for lavish dinners and vacations, Foggo arranged lucrative contracts, including one in which the agency overpaid by 60% for water overseas.
“A man who exploits a national crisis should be humble enough to not call himself a patriot,” one prosecutor said. The judge agreed. “You were a good employee for the CIA for over 20 years. But still, this was such a scheme,” he said, “that a sentence of 37 months is appropriate.” Foggo’s lawyers had hoped for probation based on his “very important role” after 9/11.