Wayne Simmons, 62, a frequent commentator on Fox News and other outlets, was arrested and charged with falsely representing himself as a Central Intelligence Agency agent, according to a federal indictment that was unsealed on Thursday.
Simmons had claimed to be part of clandestine intelligence operations for nearly thirty years.
The Washington post reports:
…according to federal prosecutors, his claims of a 27-year career with the CIA were lies, and it was only by repeating such falsehoods that Simmons was able to briefly get actual security clearances and real government contracting work in more recent years.
On Thursday, federal authorities arrested Simmons and charged him with making false statements, major fraud against the United States and wire fraud.
In a brief appearance in federal District Court in Alexandria on Thursday, Simmons, dressed in jeans and a button-down shirt, sighed loudly when a magistrate judge ordered him jailed in advance of a detention hearing Friday and peered back toward the audience as U.S. marshals led him away. Simmons said little during the hearing, save for a brief discussion about who was representing him in the case. The judge twice warned him not to talk, noting that prosecutors could use any comments he made against him.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Nathanson had asked the judge to detain Simmons, noting that investigators had recovered two guns when arresting him and that he had a previous federal conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
While neighbors say that they “wouldn’t doubt Wayne a bit” because “he has to sometimes conceal what his purposes are, what he’s done,” Simmons had said previously, “Nobody knew who I was. Nobody was allowed to know who I was.”
While a CIA spokesman declined to comment, except to mention that they were working with the DOJ, a Navy spokesman did say that they had no record of William Shelby Simmons serving in their branch of military, something that Simmons had claimed on his web site.
Simmons wrote a novel titled The Natanz Directive, which he claims was based on his own experience. He even claims that Donald Rumsfeld gave somewhat of an endorsement to his book: “Wayne Simmons doesn’t just write it. He’s lived it, and that’s why he and Mark Graham can tell this spy thriller in such an engrossing way.”
His Amazon page claims, “He became part of an Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Group where he spent 8 of his 27 year career working against Narco Terrorists. Simmons spearheaded Deep Cover Intel Ops against some of the world’s most dangerous Drug Cartels from Central and South America and the Middle East . In addition to working against Narco terrorists he ran Special Operations against Arms Smugglers, Counterfeiters, Cyber-terrorists and Industrial and Economic Espionage. His Deep Cover Intelligence Operations helped lead to the seizures of marijuana, cocaine and heroin with a combined value of over $1 Billion Dollars.”
Also, from the Amazon page, “In July, 2006 Simmons was given the distinguished honor to serve as a consultant to the Bush White House to assist in the construction of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 which was signed into law by President Bush in October 2006. In 2008 Simmons came out of retirement and served as the Senior Team Leader of the HTT, Human Terrain Team’s, that were scheduled to deploy in Afghanistan. In 2010 Simmons served as the S-2, Senior Intelligence Advisor, for the Counter Insurgency Advisory and Assistance Team, CAAT, at ISAF HQ, Kabul, Afghanistan.”
Many people who are well known, including Major Paul Vallely, have voiced their belief that Mr. Simmons does seem credible and knowledgeable on the issues he speaks about.
Now, we know the Obama DOJ is a crooked as a dog’s hind leg, so what are we to make of all of this? Is Simmons really who he says or not? My attempts to reach a friend who was formerly in the CIA for over two decades has not been fruitful, but I would be interested in finding out his perspective.
To be clear, Simmons was not an employee of Fox and he was merely a non-paid guest when he did appear on the network. Though it isn’t Fox’s problem per se, it’s Simmons’, I was unable to find any stories on Fox News dealing with Mr. Simmons’ indictment. One wonders why that might be, especially since he was a guest numerous times on their network.