“Terrorism expert”, Wayne Simons, a frequent guest analyst at Fox News, is arrested for claiming to be a former CIA agent.
A frequent guest at Fox News for his expertise in terrorism, Wayne Shelby Simons on Thursday was arrested by federal authorities after falsely claiming to be a former CIA agent.
Wayne Simmons of Annapolis, Maryland, portrayed himself as an “outside paramilitary special operations officer” for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from 1973 to 2000 and that he led “Deep Cover Intel Ops against some of the world’s most dangerous Drug Cartels and arms smugglers from Central and South America and the Middle East”, according to The National Post.
A Navy spokesman said the Navy could find no record that Simons had ever served in that branch of the military.
The 62-year-old “terrorism expert” was indicted by a federal grand jury with lying on his Standard Form 86, the 127-page-long form for federal security clearances, which contains highly personal information about the individual, including possible drug and alcohol abuses, and financial and criminal histories, reported RT.
The indictment said that Simmons falsely claimed on national security forms that his previous arrests and convictions were related to his CIA work and that he had held a top secret security clearance.
He is also accused of “falsely stating … that he had not previously been charged with or convicted of a felony offense, that his prior arrests and criminal convictions were directly related to his supposed intelligence work for the CIA, and that he held a top secret security clearance from 1973 to 2000,” the indictment read.
The CIA, on the other hand, declined to comment over the matter saying only that it was working closely with the Justice Department.
Fox News would not comment either, other than noting that Simmons “was never a contributor, only a guest ‒ and he was never paid by the network,” channel spokeswoman Irena Briganti said in a statement.
Simons has appeared on Fox News as a guest analyst on terrorism since 2002.