"Nine Fingers"? Hookergate? Old Boys Smokin Cigars and Doin Dirty Deals?
Wait a minute, the press should be having more of a field day here.
OK, we can't show any pictures of Brant Bassett--appropriately enought, there aren't any pictures online of the shadowy spook they called "Nine Fingers" at the cigar-n-poker nights at the Watergate Hotel. There aren't even any pictures online of Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, former No. 3 at the CIA, who just resigned under indictment for corruption. But we do have a pic of Porter Goss (a Yale Man like W), who also just got the boot.
Allegedly, Dusty and Nine Fingers used to meet with Jack Abramoff and Duke Cunningham at the Watergate and the Westin Grand in DC to play poker, smoke cigars, and work out crooked deals. (Abramoff is the super-lobbyist to the Republicans who is going to out some significant portion of Congress one of these days. Cunningham was a California Rep. who already resigned in disgrace for taking ludicrous bribes.)
In addition to CIA men Bassett and Foggo, we can also mention here the federal defense contractor Brent Wilkes. He's an unindicted co-conspirator for his relationship with Duke Cunningham, who allegedly steered contracts Wilkes' way. Wilkes and Foggo played football together in high school and went to college together.
Wilkes set up these soirees for the men. (One may ask, Why was the CIA involved? Hey, why not!) He also played a bit of a pimp, apparently, getting hookers for Cunningham.
Again, why aren't the prurient media getting on this sleaze like flies on ... honey?