Many former European ambassadors do...
Bearden said there is no difference between a former CIA official working as a lobbyist for a foreign government and a former ambassador doing the same thing. ''If an ambassador can do this without anyone raising any questions, I can't possibly see why someone would raise the issue with the CIA,'' he said.
Others disagree, both about the practice in general and about whether CIA officials should be particularly chastened.
''A foreign government's interests are not the same as those of the United States. To turn around for moneymaking purposes and work for another government is reprehensible,'' says Susan Rice, a former assistant secretary of state for African affairs.