Anderson, Jack. "FBI Reacts to Cheating on Exam," Leader-Herald, Gloversville, Johnstown,
New York, 21 May 1984, p. 4.
Of the various examples of parallel cheats cited here (Malcolm faking her way to the Pulitzer
Prize, foreign trained physicians buying up the qualifying exams for licensing, and diploma mills
churning out Ph.D.'s for some $5,000 for 15,000 frauds a year), there is not one that stacks up
like cheating to become a special agent for the FBI. Here is the nation's premier police force
accused of having members who cheated their way to their jobs. Special agent exams for the FBI
were sold to agents and staff of the Bureau. "According to a former FBI agent familiar with the
scandal, a senior agent leaked a copy of the exam to his son, an FBI clerk who had applied to
become a special agent. Copies of the exam were then clandestinely circulated to applicants both
inside and outside the bureau through a network of friends and contacts."
"Apparently hundreds of 1981-82 applicants became full-fledged special agents, but they have
not been investigated, disciplined or disqualified, though it is obvious that some of them
cheated." Later applicants were disqualified and will have to take another exam or a lie-detector
test to prove that they did not cheat.
The article ends, "‘We sincerely believe we've solved the problems,' an FBI spokesman said." A
beautiful example of who watches the watchers.