The Penn State Scandal Faces Off 2 Mysterious Government Agents With Top Secret Clearance

Michael Kelley|Nov.  7, 2012,  4:05 PM|


Two  men on opposite sides of one of the biggest scandals in sports history share an  air of secrecy granted by their work for the FBI.

Former Penn St. president Graham Spanier was  arraigned today on charges he attempted to cover-up the massive  child abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry  Sandusky.

The investigator that revealed Spanier’s alleged crimes, Louis  Freeh, has also been accused  of heading a massive cover-up when he was director of the  FBI.

Spanier’s lawyers previously argued that Freeh’s report was unfounded in part  because it didn’t take into account another investigation of Spanier “conducted  simultaneously by federal officials responsible for our national  security.”

That investigation reaffirmed Spanier’s Top Secret security clearance, which  he holds from being chairman of the FBI  National Security Higher Education Advisory Board. In  2008 Spanier accepted the “Award for Excellence in Public  Service” at FBI  headquarters.

Spanier was fired last November after having served as  PSU president since 1995 and subsequently began consulting for the U.S.  government on a project “relating  to national security.” The details regarding his most recent federal  gig—like which agency he works for—remain  a mystery.

Freeh, who was FBI Director from 1993 to 2001, has a  mystique of his own. He is a  member of the secretive group Opus Dei. The international Roman  Catholic order, founded in 1928 and championed early by Spanish  dictator Francisco Franco, is dedicated to establishing its members in high  political, corporate, and religious offices all over the world.

It’s interesting—if not highly relevant given that 1.4  million Americans have Top Secret clearance—that both the man charged with  orchestrating the Penn St. cover-up and the investigator who exposed his alleged  role have worked on classified projects for the  government.

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