ArmorGroup is under investigation by the U.S. State Department over allegations that employees of the defence contractor employed at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul were pressurised to participate in naked pool parties and perform sex acts to gain promotions. During the period under investigation Malcolm Rifkind was the non-executive chairman.
Interviewed by ABC News, a guard and former U.S. military veteran said top supervisors of the ArmorGroup were not only aware of the “deviant sexual acts” but helped to organise them. “It was mostly the young guys fresh from the military who were told they had to participate” he told ABC News, “They were not gay but they knew what it took to get promoted..”
The State Department is investigating photographic evidence dating back to 2007 showing naked and barely clothed men fondling one another. In June 2007, the State Department warned “the security of the U.S. embassy in Kabul is in jeopardy” because of “deficiencies” on the part of ArmorGroup. Guido was unable to contact the former foreign secretary, Sir Malcolm, for comment.
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