Fake Cia Spy: Gotcha
The absurdity of Wayne Simmons
Kent burst a blood vessel when he heard we were so much as speaking to Simmons. Clizbe met Simmons in 2010. When they met, Clizbe said that Simmons bragged about his work busting drug cartels, but he was short on details. "Within a couple of minutes, I knew he was a fraud," Clizbe says. "You can't bullshit a bullshitter." The resourceful Clizbe had taken personal interest in the issue of Wayne Simmons impersonating a CIA officer and creating a case of "Stolen Valor" that was more heinous than the furious Clizbe could bear. After coming across Simmons in his own work, he began making inquiries.
Kent asked me, as Publisher of AND, to do a full-blown expose on Simmons to help bring this "criminal impersonation" to light. Fearing I had been duped by Simmons, even for a lunch, I made more inquiries. Some former Case Officers I've known for years and with 20+ years in the agency said Simmons was likely legit. Others I spoke to said, they'd never heard of him, until he was on FOX News.
I was uncomfortable with the entire subject. This is not my thing. But still, the absurdity of it all... I thought to myself, pretending to be a CIA officer has to be one of the most foolish things someone can do, particularly if they intend on being in the public light. This guy looked the part (if that look even exists.) He walked a pretty good walk, and talked a pretty good talk. Yet after Clizbe's scolding, I began to see the cracks described by the ex-spook. Nevertheless, I reluctantly declined Kent's story, discontinued any communication with Simmons, and tried to steer-clear of the entire issue.
Clizbe persisted, as only Kent Clizbe can do.
Just days ago, Wayne Simmons, 62, of Annapolis, Maryland, entered a plea of guilty on Friday to U.S. charges that he fraudulently claimed to have been a CIA agent for decades, federal prosecutors said. The plea came in a hearing in which Simmons changed the not-guilty plea he had made in October.
For the last three decades, Simmons ran a limousine service, a gambling operation and an AIDS-testing clinic; worked for a hot-tub business, a carpeting company and a nightclub. He even briefly played defensive back for the New Orleans Saints and tried to start up his own airline in Maryland – Simmons Air... but he was never employed by the Central Intelligence Agency in any capacity, whatsoever.
The Stolen Valor Act of 2013 is a United States federal law that was passed by the 113th United States Congress, which amends the federal criminal code to make it a crime for a person to fraudulently claim having received any of a series of particular military decorations and awards with the intention of obtaining money, property, or other tangible benefit from convincing someone that he or she rightfully did receive that award.
What Simmons has plead guilty to reaches beyond that of wrongful monetary gain. The despicable acts he plead guilty to become impossible to quantify, due to the nature of what the world's intelligence agencies do, every day, in protection of their countries. What he plead guilty to, reaches below the vile likes of Edward Snowden, Julien Assange, and others who (albeit highly suspect) have a self-proclaimed cause. No, what Wayne Simmons plead guilty to is an evil that defies the legal description of Stolen Valor.
My regret is that I was not in a position to have an impact on this crime, yet unknowingly, I watched it happen.