In this Sunday Times of London article Sibel Edmonds, a 37-year-old former Turkish language translator for the FBI, makes the astonishing claim that:
she heard evidence that one well-known senior official in the US State Department was being paid by Turkish agents in Washington who were selling the information on to black market buyers, including Pakistan.
After the 9/11 attacks the FBI began questioning foreign operative.
Edmonds said the State Department official once again proved useful. “A primary target would call the official and point to names on the list and say, ‘We need to get them out of the US because we can’t afford for them to spill the beans’,” she said. “The official said that he would ‘take care of it’.”
Why did an American FBI agent have to go to a foreign newspaper to get this information out to the public? BradFriedman’s blog has a detailed rundown on Sibel Edmonds and her attempts to make this information public.
Despite broken promises for hearings on her case by U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), support from Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Patrick Leahy (D-MI), and a number of mainstream exposés several years ago detailing aspects of her story before she was willing to break her unprecedented “States Secrets Privilege” gag order, none of the American broadcast media outlets took her up on her offer.
Stunning and startling. When will this be investigated by law enforcement?
UPDATE: This blog aggregates much of the Sibel Edmonds case. The list is good and should be a good place to start if you interested in following up and learning more about this entire episode, of what appears to be, the DOJ covering for high ranking government officials, past and present.
More to come …