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FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds
Will Tell All Now -- and Face Charges if Necessary -- to Any Major Television
Network That Will Let Her
She's Prepared to Name Names, Including Those of Two 'Well-Known' Congress
Members Involved in Criminal Corruption
The 'Most Gagged Person in U.S. History' Tells The BRAD BLOG She's Now
Exhausted All Other Channels...
-- By Brad Friedman
Attention CBS 60 Minutes: we've got a huge scoop for you. If you want it.
Remember the _exclusive story you aired on Sibel Edmonds_
originally on October
27th, 2002, when she was not allowed to tell you everything that she heard
serving as an FBI translator after 9/11 because she was gagged by the
rarely-invoked "States Secret Privilege"? Well, she's still gagged. In fact, as
ACLU first described her, she's "the most gagged person in the history of the
United States of America."
But if you'll sit down and talk with her for an unedited interview, she has
now told _The BRAD BLOG_ (http://www.bradblog.com/) during an exclusive
interview, she will now tell you everything she knows.
Everything she hasn't been allowed to tell since 2002, about the criminal
penetration of the FBI where she worked, and at the Departments of State and
Defense; everything she heard concerning the corruption and illegal activities
several well-known members of Congress; everything she's aware of concerning
information omitted and/or covered up in relation to 9/11. All of the
information gleaned from her time listening to and translating wire-taps made
9/11 at the FBI.
Here's a _handy bullet-point list_ (http://www.bradblog.com/?p=2498) , as we
ran it in March of 2006, for reference, of what she's now willing to tell you
"People say, 'why doesn't she just come forward and spill the beans?' I have
gone all the way to the Supreme Court and was shut down, I went to Congress
and now consider that shut down," she told _The BRAD BLOG_
(http://www.bradblog.com/) last week when we spoke with her for comments in
relation to _our
story_ (http://www.bradblog.com/?p=5163) on former House Speaker Dennis
original attempt to move a resolution through the U.S. House in 2000 declaring
the 1915 massacre of 1.5 million ethnic Armenians in Turkey as "genocide."
"Here's my promise to the American Public: If anyone of the major networks
--- ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX --- promise to air the entire segment,
without editing, I promise to tell them everything that I know," about
mentioned above, she told us.
"I can tell the American public exactly what it is, and what it is that they
are covering up," she continued. "I'm not compromising ongoing
investigations," Edmonds explained, because "they've all been shut down since."
"She's Very Credible"
She has, in fact, spent years taking every reasonable step to see that the
information she has goes through the proper channels. The Supreme Court refused
to hear her whistleblower lawsuit, even in light of the Department of Justice
forcing the removal of both her and her own attorneys from the courtroom when
they made their arguments concerning why it was that she still had to remain
gagged under the "States Secrets Privilege."
On the morning that the SCOTUS refused to hear her case, the _facade cracked_
(http://www.bradblog.com/?p=2086) on the front of the building. In a
ridiculously ironic metaphor which would have been rejected by any credible
screen-writer, a chunk of marble --- just above an allegorical statue
"Order" and just below the words "Equal Justice" --- came crashing to the
She has met with, and told her story to, U.S. senators including Republican
Charles Grassley and Democrat Patrick Leahy, both of the Senate Judiciary
Committee, both who found her extremely credible. 60 Minutes producers may
when Grassley told them, "Absolutely, she's credible...And the reason I feel
she's very credible is because people within the FBI have corroborated a lot
of her story."
In fact, the FBI itself has done so. Their Inspector General found her
allegations, as described in the _unclassified version of his report_
(http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/doj/oig/sedmonds.html) , to be "credible,"
"warrant[ing] a thorough and careful review by the FBI."
As far back as 2002, Grassley and Leahy co-wrote _letters on Edmonds' behalf_
(http://www.thememoryhole.com/spy/edmonds_letters.htm) to Attorney General
John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller, and DoJ Inspector General Glenn A.
Fine, calling on all of them to take action in respect to the allegations
"Certain officials in this country are engaged in treason against the United
States and its interests and its national security," she said during an
interview an _August 2005 interview_
(http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/08/10/1346254) on Democracy
Now. That comment followed 60 Minutes' revelation
years before alleging that Edmonds had information revealing that a "Turkish
intelligence officer" she worked with at the FBI "had spies working for him
inside the US State Department and at the Pentagon."
She's briefed many legislative offices --- as well as the 9/11 Commission ---
in regard to her claims, and now, she says, she's even prepared to tell the
media "the names of every single Congressional office who has received the
names of the witnesses" to the crimes she's detailed.
When we spoke last week, Edmonds seemed to reserve most of her frustration
for Congressman Henry Waxman's office. Waxman is the Democratic Chairman of the
U.S. House Government Reform and Oversight Committee.
After briefing members of his security-cleared staff "inside the SCIF" --- a
the U.S. Capitol, specially created for discussion of
highly sensitive information --- Edmonds says she was told on several
occasions, prior to the 2006 Election, that her case would be one of the first
his committee, once he became Chairman.
"I even gave names of former and current FBI agents who were willing to go to
Waxman's office and give more information on all of this," she said.
"Before the elections, I had a promise from Congressman Waxman's office." She
claims they told her, before the election, "the only reason they couldn't
hold hearings, was because the Republicans were blocking it."
"They said 'your case will be one of the first ones we will hold
investigations on,'" she told us. Now, however, since the Democrats have become
majority in the House, Waxman's office is "going mum." They won't even respond
The congressman's office did not respond to several requests for comment on
Two Other "Well-Known" Congressmen
Aside from the allegations she's already made concerning Hastert, as _we
reported in some detail_ (http://www.bradblog.com/?p=2386) in early 2006,
following up on a _Vanity Fair exposé_
(http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9774.htm) in 2005, Edmonds
says there are at least "two other well-known"
members of Congress that she's prepared to name as well.
"There are other Congressional people, whose names have not come out," she
explained. "As [Waxman's office knows] I'll be able to give them file numbers
and investigations, including investigations by the IRS. I will be giving
details one by one, not just allegations."
"But," she added, "unfortunately nobody wants to have an investigation like
For the record, she told _The BRAD BLOG_ (http://www.bradblog.com/) , the
other two "well-known members" are from the House, both Republican, and "one of
them is recently no longer there."
So far, she says, "those names have not been public."
Since leaving the FBI, and in the wake of her years-long ordeal, which she
frequently describes as "Kafka-esque," Edmonds has founded the _National
Security Whistleblowers Coalition_ (http://www.nswbc.org/) .
In addition to the support she has received, at various times, from members
of Congress, she's received a great deal of support from members of the
national security whistleblower community and government watchdog
As _we reported last Spring_ (http://www.bradblog.com/?p=4268) , Veteran FBI
counterintelligence agent John Cole _has said_
(http://public.cq.com/docs/hs/hsnews110-000002438709.html) he's "talked to
people who had read her file, who
had read the investigative report, and they were telling me a totally
different story" than that given publicly by FBI officials. "They were telling
that Sibel Edmonds was 100 percent accurate," he said, "management knew that
Famed "Pentagon Papers" whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg has described Edmonds
as "extremely credible." In a 2005 _interview on KPFA_
, Ellsberg said,
"FBI agents we've talked to have, in every respect that was raised, have
confirmed her story - that she's a very credible witness."
More than 30 groups, from across the political spectrum --- including the
_Project on Government Oversight_ (http://www.pogo.org/index.shtml) (POGO),
_Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington_
(http://www.citizensforethics.org/) (CREW), the _American Civil Liberties
(ACLU), the _September 11th Advocates_
(http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=September_11th_Advocates) , the
(http://www.libertycoalition.net/) , the _Electronic Frontier Foundation_
(EFF), _OMB Watch_ (http://www.ombwatch.org/) , _Electronic Privacy Information
Center_ (http://www.epic.org/) (EPIC) and _People for the American Way_
(http://pfaw.org/) (PFAW) --- all signed _a letter_
t-and-government-reform-on-criminal-activities-by-the) in March of this year
calling on the House Oversight Committee to "hold public hearings into the
case of FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, and the erroneous use of the State
Secrets Privilege to shut down all court proceedings in her case."
That petition was sent almost precisely one year after _The BRAD BLOG
originally reported_ (http://www.bradblog.com/?p=2498) on a public petition to
Congress, demanding they hold public hearings. More than 30,000 people, Edmonds
says, have now signed _that petition_
on.dwt) since it was first announced.
"Exhausted Every Channel"
In a speech given over the Summer in D.C. at the American Library Association
(ALA, _video here_ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUt_gbRP3EA&e) ), Edmonds
detailed the "Kafka-esque" nature of her unprecedented gag-order. Among the
information still-regarded as "classified" under the States Secret Privelege:
the fact that she was a translator for the FBI, where she was born, what
languages she speaks, the date of her birth, the universities she attended, and
degrees she earned.
In fact, the interview that CBS's 60 Minutes aired with her in 2004, was
later retroactively classified by the Department of Justice under the same
But enough is enough. She's now ready to tell all. To the public. But not
(yet) to us. She will speak, however, to any broadcast network that would like
"I have exhausted every channel. If they want to, they can bring criminal
charges against someone who divulges criminal activity, and see how far they're
going to get."
But will any of the corporate mainstream networks take her up on the offer?
It'd certainly be an explosive exclusive.
"I don't think any of the mainstream media are going to have the guts to do
it," she dared them.
So whaddaya say 60 Minutes? We've given you scoops before that you ended up
turning down --- and likely later regretted. Will you be smart enough to take
"You put me on air live, or unedited. If I'm given the time, I will give the
American people the exact reason of what I've been gagged from saying because
of the States Secrets Privilege, and why it is that I'm the most gagged person
in the history of the United States."
"My feeling is that none of them have the guts to do that," she dared them,
before charging, "they are all manipulated."
"I keep using the word Kafkaesque..." she paused, during her speech at ALA,
clearly showing her exasperation, "because...," she continued slowly, "...I
really can't come up with a better word."
CORRECTION: We had originally described Senators Grassley and Leahy as
members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, when in fact they were, and are,
members of the Senate Judiciary Committee instead. We regret the error, and
corrected the typo in the above story.
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