WASHINGTON (AP) -- A 20-year veteran FBI agent is asking court permission to tell President Clinton and watchdogs in Congress about what he calls criminal misconduct by federal workers during a top secret, undercover national security operation.
But the bureau says his allegations have already been addressed. FBI Director Louis Freeh and Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder have denied agent Joseph G. Rogoskey permission to relay his allegations to Clinton and House and Senate committees.
Rogoskey's attorney, Stephen Kohn, responded that "keeping whistle-blower allegations within the institution that authorized the misconduct does not serve the public interest and raises grave constitutional questions."
Besides, Kohn added, "We don't know if the FBI has fixed the problem," because Rogoskey has been on paid administrative leave since the summer of 1998.
In a lawsuit filed Friday, Rogoskey said that as an undercover agent he "witnessed acts of serious misconduct and violation of federal law by employees of the federal government during the course of their employment."
FBI spokesman Bill Carter replied, "We understand all the allegations of government misconduct have long been appropriately addressed."
Rogoskey spent 12 years, 1987 through 1998, on top-secret, undercover operations involving some of the government's deepest secrets that are accessible only to specified people.
He can't even tell Kohn any details of the operation or the alleged misconduct. Kohn only knows that "it doesn't involve anyone stealing money. It involves what they were ordered and permitted by the government to do in this operation."
Like the FBI, Holder advised Rogoskey by letter that he should report "whistle-blower-type allegations" to internal FBI investigators or Justice Department inspector general agents who "have the appropriate security clearances."
Rogoskey first reported his allegations to his immediate supervisor in late 1997, "promptly upon observing them," Kohn said.
Since then, the FBI has retaliated against Rogoskey, who had received the highest, "exceptional" ratings for his work in each of the 12 years he worked undercover, the lawsuit said.
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