Top-ranking US spy with ‘hidden stockpile of guns and S&M gear’ shoots himself dead in front of wife

A TOP-ranking US spy with a "hidden stockpile of guns and S&M gear" shoots himself dead in front of wife, reports say.

On June 14, Anthony Schinella, 52, the National Intelligence Officer for Military Issues, shot himself in their front yard in Arlington, Virginia.

According to The Intercept, a Virginia medical examiner’s report cited Schinella’s cause of death as suicide.

The top aide died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Schinella had just recently married his wife Sara Cocoran, who is a journalist, and he was just weeks away from retiring.

Cocoran told the publication that she was in the driveway trying to get away from him when he took his own life with a firearm.

An FBI liaison to the CIA then entered Schinella’s home after his death.

They took away his passports, secure phone, combed through his property, his wife revealed.

Later, she discovered an enormous bondage collection and S&M gear hidden in his house – along with 24 guns and ammunition. 

The CIA didn't provide Cocoran with any details surrounding her husband's suicide.

Schinella was a high up military affairs analyst in the intelligence community in the United States.

He was also a member of the powerful National Intelligence Council and an expert on the Taliban's military capabilities.

Schinella took his own life before the New York Times reported on June 26 that Russia paid bounties to the Taliban to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan. 

The NIC then drafted a memo claiming that the intelligence about the bounties was inconclusive – but this document was leaked.

The dossier also left out the fact that Schinella shot himself.

Corcoran recalled her husband's "astonishing intelligence and an heroic work ethic" in CityWatch tribute.

"He traveled to more than 100 countries on six continents, spoke several languages and was able to pick up the basics of practically any language before he even left for the airport," his widow wrote.

"My husband Tony and I often discussed China's increasing influence in America’s public domain, as well as in other countries around the world.

"China was one of our shared interests, as he was half-Chinese and I received my MBA from a business school in Shanghai."

She remembered Schinella as an "astute identifier and observer of stealth influences upon current events that are beneath the mainstream media radar, but warrant wide awareness of."

"So while many of us in the United States have been preoccupied with Russian influence campaigns here, it turns out that the Chinese have been wreaking havoc on our ally Oz down under," Corcoran noted.

"And indeed the main threat to Australia's national security interests today come from its largest trading partner to the northwest: China."

Schinella is survived by two daughters from a previous marriage. 

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