Fox News “Analyst” and Benghazi “Expert” Indicted for Lying About CIA Past

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Here’s an absolutely classic Fox News moment, as one of their regular guests, Wayne Shelby Simmons, who claimed he worked for the CIA for 27 years, was hyped as a national security expert, and frequently weighed in on Benghazi and other right wing issues with extreme and outlandish opinions, has been arrested and indicted for fraud.

Among other things, the indictment alleges that he never worked for the CIA at all and lied about it on background security checks.

Simmons was often described as a former CIA “operative” or “analyst” when he appeared on Fox News. He was also known to make outlandish-sounding claims, like that there are “at least 19 paramilitary Muslim training facilities in the United States,” as he said in January.

In addition to allegedly falsely claiming he worked for the CIA from 1973 to 2000, the indictment accuses Simmons of lying on security background checks about arrests he claimed were connected to his CIA employment and that he “defrauded an individual victim out of approximately $125,000 in connection with a bogus real estate investment.”

That’s Simmons in the video above, speaking at the “Accuracy in Media Citizens Commission on Benghazi” in 2013.

“Accuracy in Media.” Excuse me while I LOL.

This story demonstrates how easy it is to hoodwink right wing media like Fox News, AIM, and Breitbart “News” (who also frequently cited Simmons as an “expert”). All a fraudster has to do is tell them what they want to hear, and wear a nice suit.

UPDATE at 10/17/15 1:34:19 pm by Charles Johnson

As you can now see above, “Accuracy in Media” is now deleting their videos featuring Wayne Simmons.

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