A 17-year veteran State Department employee who spent the past two years exposing agency corruption and misconduct is now detailing his findings on a new website.
Richard Higbie, 42, of the agency’s Diplomatic Security Service, isn’t just sharing his own experience. After applying for whistleblower protections, other sources have fed him details of misconduct that reach all the way to the top, according to the website, TheHonorFight.com.
“Over the last two years, Higbie has repeatedly exposed allegations of abuse of power, criminal misconduct and cover-ups, all carried out by high-level State Department officials including Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy, former Secretary Clinton’s Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills and former Acting Inspector General Harold Geisel,” the site says.
Higbie said his battles with the State Department began three years after he joined the agency, when he filed a discrimination lawsuit accusing his superiors of retaliation after his daughter’s ongoing medical problems.
Before he filed the lawsuit, Higbie said, he agreed to mediate the complaint with his supervisors. The process was supposed to be confidential, but he said his bosses later filed affidavits using information gained from the mediation hearing.
Higbie said the breach of confidentiality was especially offensive given former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s public statements about privacy.
“No one wants their personal emails made public, and I think most people understand that and respect privacy,” the Higbie website quoted Clinton as saying during a March 10 press conference.
“So if Secretary Clinton can use an email server and email system for all of her government business … for her confidentiality, why is Higbie’s simple right to confidentiality in a mediation agreement not given the same deference?” Higbie’s site says.
Aurelia Fedenisn, a former inspector with the State Department’s Office of Inspector General, has also shared allegations of wrongdoing at the State Department, saying senior diplomats have had their allegations quashed by higher-ups.
The Daily Caller reported:
The biggest alleged cover-up involved the case of Howard Gutman, then the U.S. ambassador to Belgium. In May 2011, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security was alerted by security staff at the U.S. embassy in Brussels that Gutman solicited an underage prostitute at a nearby park.
An internal investigation was opened, but a mere two days later senior State Department officials shut down the inquiry.
The case was marked a “management issue,” and Gutman was called to Washington, D.C. where he met with Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy and Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s chief of staff at the time.
“We expect to see influence, but the degree to which that influence existed and how high up it went, was very disturbing,” Fedenisn told CBS News in a June 2013 interview.
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