“Fidelity, bravery, integrity” is the FBI’s official motto, but you would never know it from the way many of its agents are behaving. Internal reports reveal a “rash of sexting” and other inappropriate behavior going on inside the Federal police agency.
The FBI hopes these quarterly reports will stem what its assistant director called a “rash of sexting cases” involving employees who are using their government-issued devices to send lurid texts and nude photos.
“We’re hoping (that) getting the message out in the quarterlies is going to teach people, as well as their supervisors … you can’t do this stuff,” FBI assistant director Candice Will told CNN this week. “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. That is not why we provide you an FBI BlackBerry.”
While the vast majority of the FBI’s 36,000 employees act professionally, the disciplinary reports issued by the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility show serious misconduct has continued for years.
From 2010 to 2012, the FBI disciplined 1,045 employees for a variety of violations, according to the agency. Eighty-five were fired.
You can also read the FBI’s entire report here. It’s full of all kinds of juicy details like agents engaging prostitutes, having affairs with known drug dealers, drunken domestic fights with mistresses, stolen credit cards, and bugging the boss’s office.