Monday, December 12, 2005

Group W Advisors Employees

the leftcoaster pulls a few threads on the Cunningham scandal tapestry
Today I've been tracking down various aspects of the Brent Wilkes connection to the Rep Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA) bribery scandal. Joseph Cannon has been documenting how the data concerning Wilkes' Group W Advisors is being cleansed from their websites. The Group W Advisors have a palacial $11 million building in Poway, CA, but today their website is remarkably devoid of information about who they are and what they actually do there....(more)
Laura Rozen over at American Prospect unwravels a bit more also...

Black Contracts
In this Prospect exclusive, a reporter sheds light on the murky world of CIA contracts and the Duke Cunningham investigation.

CIA contracts are not public, and there’s an added veil of secrecy and opaqueness to the “black” contracting world. Cunningham bragged about his ability to help influence the procuring of contracts from this secretive Congressional source in a letter to San Diego contractors, saying he was in a position to influence the awarding of “black” contracts after he was assigned to the House Intelligence committee in 2001. An individual who has been identified in press reports as Co-conspirator One in the Cunningham indictment, San Diego-based defense contractor Brent Wilkes, who has not yet been charged, has more than a dozen companies in his corporate empire. Efforts by journalists to sort out which companies might have received CIA contracts have gotten nowhere -- until now.
On December 8, the Prospect received an anonymous tip about CIA contracts: The name of a Wilkes-affiliated company that allegedly had received some of them. The company is called Archer Logistics, ....
And, as Joseph Cannon points out...

Archer is probably a shell company; their website certainly does not inspire any trust. They try to look like Lockheed, but they do not offer any details about goods or services or departments or personnel or company history. And they inhabit a small second-story office in Virginia, the same office space ADCS calls home. Several times, I've called that number during business hours; no receptionist answered. (Try the experiment yourself.) Does that sound like a real firm to you?Rozen's spadework -- in particular, her work on Joel G. Combs -- only strengthens the suspicion that Archer Logistics exists to secure contracts, not to provide goods or services.... (more)


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