More Allegations Against State Department Security Contractor: Whistleblower Fired
The Project on Government Oversight has just learned that one of its sources for exposing apparent acts of physical and sexual harassment by a State Department security contractor has been fired in an act of retaliation. A just-issued press release:
One of the whistleblowers who helped expose the guard scandal at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul has just been forced to resign after his company—whose client is ArmorGroup, North America (AGNA)—came to believe that he had reached out to D.C. for assistance. The company told POGO that the whistleblower’s resignation was voluntary.
However, information obtained by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) strongly suggests he was pressured into resigning to avoid being fired, an action often referred to as constructive dismissal.
POGO is deeply concerned about the action allegedly taken against the whistleblower. He is being forced out at a time when three of the supervisors responsible for allowing the misconduct at Camp Sullivan have been allowed to quietly resign and escape accountability. As per our letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of September 1, 2009, POGO calls on the State Department to take immediate action to protect both the physical and employment security of whistleblowers who have stepped forward with allegations of serious misconduct involving ArmorGroup, North America and others.
My emphasis. Remember, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said yesterday that ArmorGroup had brought damaging photos itself to the State Department’s attention “ten days ago.” But now a patron of ArmorGroup is retaliating against whistleblowers?