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FBI lays down the law to 'sexting', drunken agents

Nikhil Kumar New York

Published 23/02/2013 | 04:00

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Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity. That's the motto of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), though you wouldn't know from the antics of some of its agents, who have been caught bugging their boss's office and sending naked photos of themselves to colleagues.

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Recently disclosed internal disciplinary reports document a variety of misdeeds, from cheque fraud to "sexting" and drunk and disorderly behaviour.

In one instance, a female FBI employee used her phone "to send nude photographs of herself to other employees". This, the reports reveal, "adversely affected the daily activities of several squads".

Another employee was caught emailing nude pictures of herself to her ex-boyfriend's wife. Both were suspended for 10 days, according to the documents obtained by CNN.

One FBI employee, no doubt applying the skills he/she picked up on the job, "hid a recording device in (a) supervisor's office".

The disciplinary reports, issued to employees as a way to deter future misconduct, show that, when they're not chasing criminals, some crime-fighters engage in all manner of extra-curricular activities. One visited a massage parlour and ended up with a 14-day suspension after paying "for a sexual favour".

A different employee was involved in what the reports describe as a "domestic dispute at (his) mistress's apartment." The "dispute" was such that it required police intervention. In all, between 2010 and 2012 the agency had to discipline more than 1,000 of its 36,0000 employees. Eighty-five had to be fired.

"We're hoping (that) getting the message out in the quarterlies is going to teach people ... you can't do this stuff," said the bureau's assistant director, Candice Will. (© Independent News Service)

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