Graham Spanier, the former Penn State president who resigned in disgrace in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, has found a new line of work -- in a top secret national security position, according to the Washington Post.
Spanier's laywer, Peter Vaira, told reporters that his client was hired as a consultant in a government agency to work on national security matters.
Which agency does Spanier work for? “I have no idea,” Vaira responded. "We know the work is in security and he’s prohibited from disclosing which agency or agencies he’s working for.”
Apparently, Spanier obtained a security clearance during his 16-year tenure at Penn State, and during a federal investigation into the Sandusky scandal, his clearance was reviewed and "reaffirmed".
Spanier briefly discussed the new position in an email to The Patriot News in April. “For the next several months, as I transition to my post-presidential plans, I will be working on a special project for the U.S. government relating to national security," he said. "This builds on my prior positions working with federal agencies to foster improved cooperation between our nation’s national security agencies and other entities, he said."
This latest announcement comes only weeks after the results of an independent investigation into the Penn State scandal were released by former FBI director Louis Freeh, which identified Spanier as a key figure in the cover-up. According to the report, Spanier was aware of an investigation into Sandusky's illicit activites with young boys as early as 1998, yet he lied to a grand jury about his knowledge in 2001. He also opposed all independent invesigations into Sandusky's child sex abuse at Penn State, and chose instead to appove a major promotion and a massive lump-sum retirement package for Sandusky. In addition, he failed to notify the Penn State Board of Trustees that the criminal investigation into Sandusky was underway, even while the Board was considering providing a land grant to the Sandusky's Second Mile charity.
The inquiry also revealed that Spanier approved the decision made by athletic director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz to not report the sexual assault incident seen by assistant coach Mike McQueary to authorities, according to CNN. In emails sent between Spanier, Curley and Schultz, they concluded that not determining the identity of the boy who was reportedly raped by Sandusky in the showers at the Penn State football locker room was the "humane" approach to the situation.
While Curley and Schultz are awaiting trial for perjury and other charges related to the Sandusky case, Spanier is not facing any criminal charges.
With the black marks on Spanier's record left by the Penn State scandal, one might wonder why a top-secret national security agency would be interested in hiring him. Perhaps Daniel Luzer of Washington Monthly has found the answer: "If there’s one thing Spanier has demonstrated so far, it’s that he’s quite good at keeping really important information to himself."