FBI agents gone wild

Marion Renault

 

One of them broke his wife’s e-reader in half and pointed an unloaded gun at her dog’s head.

Someone else emailed nude photos of herself to her ex-boyfriend’s wife.

And another one dated a drug dealer.

No, they’re not characters from the most recent episode of Breaking Bad, but employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A quarterly report emailed to FBI employees, but not made public, was recently obtained and released by CNN.  

The confidential internal disciplinary reports chronicle a variety of inappropriate behavior.

Other incidents include descriptions of an employee who was dismissed for shoplifting at a grocery store and another who was fired for using a stranger’s lost or stolen debit car to pay for gas and withdraw money. It even includes an employee who hid a recording device in their boss’s office and spied on them.

The purpose of the emails, FBI assistant director Candice Will told CNN is to set an example for employees.

"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 tells CNN. "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 report doesn’t reveal any agents’ personal information, it does include the behavior and disciplinary action taken.

Of the above examples, all employees were dismissed, except for the man who held his dog at gunpoint and the woman who sexted her ex’s wife; they were each suspended for 45 days and 10 days, respectively.

According to CNN, the FBI has about 36,000 employees, of which 1,045 were disciplined and 85 were fired between 2010 and 2012.

"It is important to note that the ratio of disciplinary issues among FBI agents are among the lowest in the federal government and private sector," FBI Agents Association president Konrad Motyka told CNN.

The news channel similarly released of several years of  internal disciplinary reports in 2011. Those reports included, “incidents involving FBI employees sleeping with informants, a sex tape made by an agent and his girlfriend, tapping into FBI databases for unauthorized searches, viewing pornography on bureau computers and other cases of drunk driving.”

Will said even after years, the reports still tend to surprise her.

"As long I've been doing this … there are days when I think 'OK, I've seen it all,' but I really haven't," Will said. "I still get files and I think, 'Wow, I never would have thought of that.'"