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Sunday, January 06, 2008

The London Sunday Times picks up on Sibel Edmonds

hot damn... this is GREAT news...! i bet luke is dancing a jig... i started to say that it's amazing that the lead establishment newspaper in the uk is the one to pick up on this when NOT A SINGLE MAJOR NEWS OUTLET IN THE U.S. has done so, but, sadly, i guess it's not really so amazing at all, now is it...?
A WHISTLEBLOWER has made a series of extraordinary claims about how corrupt government officials allowed Pakistan and other states to steal nuclear weapons secrets.

Sibel Edmonds, a 37-year-old former Turkish language translator for the FBI, listened into hundreds of sensitive intercepted conversations while based at the agency’s Washington field office.

She approached The Sunday Times last month after reading about an Al-Qaeda terrorist who had revealed his role in training some of the 9/11 hijackers while he was in Turkey.

Edmonds described how foreign intelligence agents had enlisted the support of US officials to acquire a network of moles in sensitive military and nuclear institutions.

Among the hours of covert tape recordings, she says 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.

The name of the official – who has held a series of top government posts – is known to The Sunday Times. He strongly denies the claims.

However, Edmonds said: “He was aiding foreign operatives against US interests by passing them highly classified information, not only from the State Department but also from the Pentagon, in exchange for money, position and political objectives.”

She claims that the FBI was also gathering evidence against senior Pentagon officials – including household names – who were aiding foreign agents.

“If you made public all the information that the FBI have on this case, you will see very high-level people going through criminal trials,” she said.

luke has a recommended-list diary up on kos expanding on this story, and he doesn't hesitate to name the "well-known senior official"...
[H]e is Marc Grossman, former #3 at the State Department, former ambassador to Turkey, and current Vice President at The Cohen Group, the lobbying company run by former Secretary of Defense William Cohen.

the times has a characteristically comprehensive, well-written, and quite lengthy article... you need to go read it all...

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