Recently declassified documents from the FBI confirm that the Clinton
administration approved the use of prostitutes for surveillance
activities in 1993. Bill Clinton attended the 1993 APEC conference in Seattle along with Chinese President Jiang Zemin. The FBI documents show that Clinton's Secret Service reviewed information obtained from prostitutes whose
clients were foreign officials.
Allegations that the Clinton administration authorized the FBI to use
prostitutes first surfaced in Insight magazine. Investigative journalist
Tim Maier wrote that under-age male and female prostitutes were being
used to obtain intelligence information from foreign diplomats during the
December 1993 Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) in Seattle, Wash.
In 1998, I filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request, seeking all
information on the use of prostitutes as agents during that conference.
In response, the FBI found a total of 250 pages of materials concerning
the surveillance of foreign officials using prostitutes. According to the
FBI, only 13 pages of the "Secret" and "Top Secret" documentation could
Some of the documents not released by the FBI "originated with another
Government agency." The FBI decision to withhold the documents is
currently being appealed.
Many of the secret documents returned by the FBI were heavily blacked out
by government censors. One such FBI "Secret" document, dated November
1993, contains a partially blacked out passage, noting that the FBI
needed to gather surveillance data "in ample time for the information to
be disseminated to Secret Service and Department of State."
Another secret November 1993 document, marked from "Director FBI" to "FBI
Seattle," directs the FBI office in Washington state to pay particular
attention to a certain foreign "delegation" whose identity remains
blacked out as secret. According to the heavily classified document, the
"referenced communication provided information from a sensitive and
reliable WF source."
The FBI document noted that the "sensitive and reliable WF source" had
provided some very important data on the unknown diplomats. According to
the top secret materials, "this information advised of a possible"
Just what that action was and which of the APEC delegations were under
surveillance remains secret. The FBI determined that the unspecified
action must remain classified, and it too is blacked out "in the interest
of national security."
Furthermore, the newly declassified documents state the FBI surveillance
activities did not end with the APEC conference in 1993. Additional "Top
Secret" FBI documents, dated in early 1995, shows that FBI agents
continued to report and exploit unofficial sources of information on
Many of the 1995 "Top Secret" documents are also marked "SCI," which
stands for "Secured Compartmentalized Information." The "SCI" value
enabled the documents to remain hidden inside special FBI vaults using
Although much of the information found by the FBI is being withheld "in
the interest of national defense," other whole sections are not being
released because they "could reasonably be expected to disclose the
identity of a confidential source."
Yet, the question of whether the Clinton administration used minors as
prostitutes to obtain intelligence information on foreign diplomats
remains open for debate. The FBI documents are so heavily censored that
much of the detailed information has simply not been made available.
The FBI and the Department of Justice both declined to comment on the use
of prostitutes as agents. However, Clinton administration law enforcement
officials quietly admit that the use of prostitutes to obtain reliable
information is a common police practice.
Federal officials also admitted that the use of under-age or untrained
civilians in intelligence operations poses a significant risk and may be
illegal under some circumstances. According to the same law enforcement
officials, the information obtained is so important to U.S. national
security that all necessary means, including prostitution, must be
exploited to obtain it.
It is true that export sales may have been at risk during the 1993 APEC
conference but few national security issues were involved. The Clinton
administration's use of such drastic means for a so-called "economic"
conference has raised questions about state-sponsored commercial
espionage. Is export money enough justification to use children as
sex-slaves and spies?
Some former Democrat supporters are not convinced it is correct for the
U.S. government to go to such extremes for simple commercial espionage.
Ms. Marie Jose-Ragab, President of the National Organization for Women,
Dulles, Va., chapter, recently criticized the Clinton administration for
"legitimizing" the use of prostitution for law enforcement.
"There are severe consequences when the government becomes a pimp,"
stated Ms. Ragab during an exclusive WorldNetDaily interview. "It is
organized crime with the cooperation of the government."
"This behavior legitimizes the trafficking of women, children, body-parts
and even drugs," said Ms. Ragab. "The extra-ordinary hypocrisy of the
Clinton administration is that they manage to oppress women under the
guise of helping them."