(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) The Pentagon’s inspector general released a report revealing an inappropriate relationship between a high-ranking official and a female coworker, as well as unsuitable use of his personal email for work-related business, Western Journal reported.
According to unnamed sources, Garry Reid, the Defense Department’s director of defense intelligence for counter intelligence law enforcement and security, has been relieved of his duties.
Pentagon spokespeople would not answer questions about the report, or his current status in the department.
Completed in April of 2020, the report shows incidents from before Reid’s time as the head of the Afghanistan Crisis Action Group, which was formed during the whithdrawl from Afghanistan in 2021. Reid was responsible for helping screen and resettle Afghans who had cooperated with U.S. forces.
Reid’s office was also tasked with screening military records for possible extremist behavior that could be linked to groups involved with the Jan. 6 protests.
The report also emphasized allegations that Reid had a sexual relationship with a female subordinate, who was listed as “Employee 1.”
The report stated that many people in Reid’s staff claimed he had “engaged in an overall course of conduct with Employee 1 that created a widespread perception of an inappropriate relationship and favoritism.”
While there was no substantial evidence to support this claim and both Reid and Employee 1 denied the affair, the inspector general learned that they often traveled together on personal trips, had private lunches and frequently kissed on the cheek.
“As a supervisor, Mr. Reid should have used better judgment. Instead, he established and maintained a close and unduly familiar relationship with Employee 1, creating a widespread perception among 11 witnesses at different levels within Mr. Reid’s organization of an inappropriate relationship and favoritism,” the report said.
The report also found evidence of improper use of Reid’s personal email to conduct Department of Defense business.
Reid acted “in violation of DoD policies. … We determined that Mr. Reid forwarded DoD official communications and information … to his personal e-mail accounts, which were shared accounts,” the report said.
The report called for action against Reid, but did not state what specific action would be taken against these violations.