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Another tip of another iceberg? 

The Brian Jeffrey Raymond story. 

How prevalent are the personality, sexual and other problems in the workers of the US Intelligence Community? 

What are the roles of the chronic stress and other specific challenges of their work in these occurrences? 

How should they be dealt with? 

How these people can be helped? 

How to prevent the effects of these factors on their work? 

What role the misleading “James Bond myths” play in these attitudes and affairs? 

I suspect that the lives of the Intelligence workers are quite lonely and sometimes quite unhappy, a far cry from those romantic myths, perpetuated by mass media. 

What shall we do to provide the adequate mental health help to them, taking into account the peculiarities of this highly specific field? 

Is the screening process adequate in eliminating the “bad apples”? 

A lot of hard questions and issues, and they do impact the overall quality of Intelligence work. 

They have to be addressed in depth and with all the seriousness they deserve. 

Ex-US Embassy staffer accused of drugging, molesting women worked in CIA, FBI urges victims to come forward

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The FBI is urging additional victims to come forward if they suffered at the hands of a former U.S. Embassy staffer who has pleaded guilty to abusive sexual conduct of numerous women over a span of 14 years. 

Brian Jeffrey Raymond, 45, pleaded guilty in July 2021 to two counts of sexual abuse in which the victims were incapable of consent and one count of transporting obscene material, the FBI said

Brian Jeffrey Raymond (FBI)

Federal authorities began investigating Raymond in May 2020 after a naked woman was seen screaming for help from the balcony of his residence in Mexico City, where he was an employee of the U.S. Embassy. 

Raymond admitted to having sex with the woman, but she told investigators she blacked out after having dinner and drinks with Raymond, according to the FBI. 

Brian Jeffrey Raymond (FBI)

Federal investigators recovered Raymond’s electronic devices which contained hundreds of photographs and videos of more than 20 unconscious and nude or partially nude women, the FBI said. The material had been created between 2006 and May 2020. 

The FBI said nearly all of the women depicted in the illicit material experienced memory loss during their time with Raymond and had no knowledge of this material. 

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In a plea agreement, Raymond admitted to having sex with two of the women depicted when both were unable to give their consent. He also admitted to touching the breasts, buttocks, and/or genitalia of other women who were passed out and couldn’t give consent. 

Brian Jeffrey Raymond (FBI)

The FBI revealed Monday that Raymond had worked for some years for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). A person familiar with the matter said Raymond resigned from the CIA after the agency learned of the DOJ’s criminal proceedings against him. 

Originally from California, Raymond resided in Washington, D.C., but traveled extensively for work and for leisure. He also lived in foreign countries, including Peru and Mexico, and spoke both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. 

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Raymond lived in Mexico City from August 2018 to May 2020 while working at the U.S. Embassy. He met many of his victims on various dating applications, the FBI said. 

The CIA said it “condemns in the strongest terms the crimes committed by former Agency officer Brian Jeffrey Raymond.” 

The FBI is asking anyone who believes they may have been a victim of Raymond or has relevant information to fill out a secure questionnaire which can be found at fbi.gov/BrianJeffreyRaymond. 

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Raymond will be sentenced in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., in February following a pre-sentencing evidentiary hearing in January. 

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Former Ambassador Michael McFaul on Putin’s Russia

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In this episode of “Intelligence Matters,” host Michael Morell speaks with Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia and current director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Morell and McFaul discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin’s main geopolitical objectives and personal anxieties about the West. McFaul shares behind-the-scenes details of meeting and negotiating with Putin, as well as thoughts on how the Biden administration should approach its relationship with the Kremlin.

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