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A recurring Fox News guest who claimed to be a long-time CIA agent was indicted and arrested Thursday for not, in fact, being a CIA agent.

Wayne Simmons claimed to have 23 years experience with the secretive federal agency as an “outside paramilitary special operations officer,” CNN reports. He was indicted for using that claim to gain security clearances and a post as a defense contractor advising military personnel overseas.

On his website, Simmons claims he joined the U.S. Navy in 1973, where he was recruited by the CIA,” and “spearheaded 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.”

Simmons also claims he has been a “terrorism analyst” for Fox News since 2002. In 2004, he claims former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld recruited him to join the Pentagon Outreach Program for Military and Intelligence Analysts.

A Fox News spokeswoman told CNN that Simmons was an unpaid guest and never a host for the station, and declined further comment.

CNN pointed out that Simmons had a pattern of making “extreme and factually dubious” claims about terrorism, including a claim in January that there were “at least 19 paramilitary Muslim training facilities in the United States.”

He also denied waterboarding was torture and said that President Obama was a “novice who lacked a spine,” according to CNN.

Officials told the station that there had been suspicions about Simmons’ resume which were stirred when questions were raised with various government agencies about his statements.

As part of the indictment, Simmons is also accused of defrauding a victim out of $125,000 in a real estate-related scam.

If convicted, Simmons could face decades in prison for all counts, including 20 years for wire fraud, 10 years for major fraud against the U.S, and 5 years for false statements.
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I've only seen this "expert" a couple of times. Cavuto had him on and seemed skeptical, but often acquiesced to his "Expert " status.

The guy seemed to good to be true sometimes. He reminded me of one of the midnite radio "experts" on area 51 and space aliens. Slick, polished answers to bizarre claims. " No proof but believe me cause I have been doing this for a long time. I am an expert on a subject nobody will believe."

I hope Fox posts a retraction of his credentials and an apology for being defrauded.
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holy cow!
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HA HA, Cavuto seemed skeptical. LOL. How convinient.
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I've only seen this "expert" a couple of times. Cavuto had him on and seemed skeptical, but often acquiesced to his "Expert " status.

The guy seemed to good to be true sometimes. He reminded me of one of the midnite radio "experts" on area 51 and space aliens. Slick, polished answers to bizarre claims. " No proof but believe me cause I have been doing this for a long time. I am an expert on a subject nobody will believe."

I hope Fox posts a retraction of his credentials and an apology for being defrauded.
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Default Re: Feds arrest Fox News ‘terrorism expert’

New a guy who impersonated a government agent just to impress some dame. He spent two years in the pen. But it taught him a lesson early about cold hard facts of life.
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I hope Fox posts a retraction of his credentials and an apology for being defrauded.
No...

I hope Fox posts a retraction of his credentials and an apology for NOT DOING THE PROPER BACKGROUND RESEARCH...

If Fox got duped by this guy, I don't blame the guy...I blame Fox for not doing a checkup on the guy in the first place...
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Im sure he had all the credentials FOX requires. He probably hated the left. That is all they require.
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I hope Fox posts a retraction of his credentials and an apology for NOT DOING THE PROPER BACKGROUND RESEARCH...

If Fox got duped by this guy, I don't blame the guy...I blame Fox for not doing a checkup on the guy in the first place...
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HA HA, Cavuto seemed skeptical. LOL. How convinient.
Piss off mikeyy.

Finding fault with a trusted news source is hardly "convenient."
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I hope Fox posts a retraction of his credentials and an apology for NOT DOING THE PROPER BACKGROUND RESEARCH...

If Fox got duped by this guy, I don't blame the guy...I blame Fox for not doing a checkup on the guy in the first place...
AGREED. YOU SIMPLY SAID IT BETTER.

No one is perfect. But, a thorough admission of a mistake, and valid attempt to avoid further omissions is required if one is to regain any credibility. Fox has demanded this in the past from it's competitors. Time they stepped up.

But the story is only a few hours old right now. Most of their telecasts are "in the bag" for the day. And to echo your point, they need to validate the facts before moving forward with the story.

Although unrelated, last nite O'Reily got stung by a source and was corrected live on the air. He accepted the correction with apology and promised to implement better reviews of such sources. It is how a professional handles such events. The NYTimes just buries a retraction on a back page days later.

And the Hillary's of the world just deny and ignore the foe-paugh.
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Default Re: Feds arrest Fox News ‘terrorism expert’

As the OP (correctly) says, the man was a Fox News "guest" at times--not a Fox News employee.
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