Posted by Brad @ 1:09 pm on August 27th 2009

Sibel Edmonds

Thanks to reader daveg for alerting us to this—I have no idea why it’s not a bigger story—in comments to another post. It really bears its own post.

Sebel Edmonds was an FBI translator who got caught up in the sort of conspiracy rings that paperback political thrillers write about, involving blackmail, sexual affairs, espionage, you name it. She tried to come forward years ago, but was gagged by the Bush White House under the State Secrets rubric.

Once Bush left office, however, and Edmonds continued to get subpoenaed, the Obama White House decided to step out of the way.

The Brad Blog (no relation) has the story. And good lord, what a story.

The BRAD BLOG covered details of some of Edmonds’ startling disclosures made during the deposition, as it happened, in our live blog coverage from August 8th. The deposition included criminal allegations against specifically named members of Congress. Among those named by Edmonds as part of a broad criminal conspiracy: Reps. Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Dan Burton (R-IN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Bob Livingston (R-LA), Stephen Solarz (D-NY), Tom Lantos (D-CA), as well as an unnamed, still-serving Congresswoman (D) said to have been secretly videotaped, for blackmail purposes, during a lesbian affair.

High-ranking officials from the Bush Administration named in her testimony, as part of the criminal conspiracy on behalf of agents of the Government of Turkey, include Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz, Marc Grossman, and others.

During the deposition — which we are still going through ourselves — Edmonds discusses covert “activities” by Turkish entities “that would involve trying to obtain very sensitive, classified, highly classified U.S. intelligence information, weapons technology information, classified Congressional records…recruiting key U.S. individuals with access to highly sensitive information, blackmailing, bribery.”[…]

Edmonds’ on-the-record disclosures also include bombshell details concerning outed covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson’s front company, Brewster Jennings. Edmonds alleges the front company had actually been shut down in August of 2001 — three years prior to Bob Novak’s public disclosure of the covert operative’s identity — following a tip-off to a wire-tap target about the true nature of the CIA front company. The cover was blown, Edmonds alleges, by Marc Grossman, who was, at the time, the third highest-ranking official in the U.S. State Department. Prior to that, Grossman served as ambassador to Turkey. He now works “for a Turkish company called Ihals Holding,” according to Edmonds’ testimony.

What. The. Fuck.


  1. And for the record, there does seem to be some involvement by the Isreali lobby, which Edmonds identifies when asked if there were other government entities involved. It’s unclear to me what the nature of that involvement was, however, as she doesn’t mention it in any of her other testimony (however, she does additionally imply that the state secrets flowing to Turkey may have wound with Pakistan, which was also somehow peripherally involved in the case).

    Comment by Brad — 8/27/2009 @ 1:18 pm

  2. It does seem a bit undercovered, doesn’t it? And it has been for some time; Edmonds’ allegations were the subject of a prominent piece in Vanity Fair four full years ago.

    It may perhaps be the case that in an environment in which every single allegation against a congressperson is voiced in a tone of shrill hyperbole, some really serious stuff gets lost in the background noise. I say that, of course, without really knowing whether the allegations in this particular case have any merit.

    Also: note that there are important members of BOTH parties on the grill here. Kinda takes away the incentive for the strictly partisan elements of the blogosphere to sound their trumpets, don’t it?

    Comment by Rojas — 8/27/2009 @ 4:04 pm

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