An unnamed FBI agent was the subject of a recent investigation by the Department of Justice that revealed he was using provocative photos of female staffers as bait in an undercover sex-trafficking sting. Although his intentions may have been noble, Justice Department General Inspector Michael Horowitz issued a memo on Monday where he was critical of the agent and the FBI’s tactics.
The agent in question had urged the women to “not tell anyone, including their supervisors, about the UC [undercover] operations,” Horowitz said. Although the faces of the staffers were blurred and each was clothed, the women never gave written release for the photos to be used in the operation.
Questions of impropriety arose when the agent was found not only to have made the request of one staffer, but that it was believed to be an application of leverage spawning from an inappropriate relationship with the office staffer. Further investigation found that the request for photos was not isolated to one staffer, nor was the agent alone in the practice of such maneuvers at the bureau. read more