Nuclear secrets for sale on black market
By Aditya Ganapathiraju at Mar 08, 2009
Originally written Jan 16, 2008
In a bombshell case, former FBI translator and whistleblower Sibel Edmonds claims US officials were involved in selling classified nuclear weapons secrets to the highest bidder; Turkey, Israel, Pakistan and non-state terrorist groups.
"I'd say what she has is far more explosive than the Pentagon Papers," said Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon whistle-blower who revealed the government's early knowledge that the Vietnam war would not be won.
"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," Edmonds told London's Sunday Times[AG1] .
As a translator, she overheard countless hours of diplomatic communications secretly recorded by FBI investigations. During this time, she discovered ‘damning' information about members of the US government involved in what she labeled "treason."
"I can tell you there are a lot of people involved, a lot of ranking officials, and a lot of illegal activities that include multi-billion-dollar drug-smuggling operations, black-market nuclear sales to terrorists and unsavory regimes, you name it. And of course a lot of people from abroad are involved. It's massive...," she told journalist Christopher Deliso[AG2] .
"He was aiding foreign operatives against US interests by passing them highly classified information... in exchange for money, position and political objectives," she says of former US Ambassador to Turkey and #3 official at the State Dept, Mark Grossman. Grossman strongly denies the allegations.
Edmonds tells of Israeli and Turkish ‘moles' (foreign spies) that were planted in academic institutions across the US and were involved in several exchanges of nuclear secrets a month.
These nuclear secrets made their way into Pakistan's nuclear program, and were then sold to Iran, Libya, and North Korea, and possibly terrorist groups like al Qaeda, which is known to be close to Pakistan's spy agency, the ISI[AG3] . In fact, the CIA confirmed Usama [AG4] bin Laden met with representatives of the network in the weeks preceding 9/11 with the intention of acquiring nuclear bombs.
The FBI detained several people suspected of being behind the 9/11 attacks immediately after they happened.
Edmonds said she heard targets of the FBI surveillance and interrogation tell Grossman: "We need to get them out of the US because we can't afford for them to spill the beans," to which Grossman responded that he ‘would take care of it.' Soon after, those suspects were released from interrogation and extradited.
Edmonds' revelations appear to involve the American Turkish Council, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and a number of leading neoconservatives like Richard Perle and Douglas Feith among others, former CIA officer Philip Giraldi observed in the American Conservative[AG5] .
The FBI Inspector General, former colleagues, retired and active counter-proliferation CIA agents, as well as several sitting US senators and whistleblower advocacy groups have all confirmed her and her story as "very credible."
After five years of trying to get justice and accountability through the FBI[AG6] , Congress, and the judiciary, Edmonds has tried in vain to get US mainstream media to cover her story, but so far all US outlets have refused.
According[AG7] to the ACLU, Edmonds is ‘the most-gagged person in history.' Her Dept. of Justice sanctioned gag order is not for national security but instead to preserve foreign ‘diplomatic' and ‘business' relations, according to the FBI Inspector General's report.
"I'm not the only one who knows about this, too many people know about this, the fraudulent 9/11 commissioners, every single one of them knows about my case, [people in the Congress, Justice Dept. and FBI], they know," Edmonds [AG8] said.
"My goal has been to expose the criminal activities. Criminal activities where money laundering, narcotics, and nuclear black market, converge with terrorist activities... Put out the truth. The truth is going to hurt them. The truth is going to set me free."
- As[AG9] an FBI translator Edmonds overheard sensitive diplomatic conversations being secretly recorded as part of an FBI investigation regarding US officials selling/giving classified nuclear weapons materials to officials from Turkey and Israel, which found their way to the Pakistani ISI, the networks of A. Q. Khan, and likely to Osama bin Laden and members of Al Qaeda, as CIA officials have discovered
- · "I can tell you there are a lot of people involved, a lot of ranking officials, and a lot of illegal activities that include multi-billion-dollar drug-smuggling operations, black-market nuclear sales to terrorists and unsavory regimes, you name it. And of course a lot of people from abroad are involved. It's massive...," she told journalist Christopher Deliso[AG10]
- · Edmonds was fired from her job, unfairly, because she complained about the infiltration of Turkish spies into the bureau, the FBI Inspector General concluded in his report
- · She has been placed on both Department of Justice and Department of State gag order since 2002
- · The ACLU as labeled her the ‘most gagged person in history'
- · The FBI Inspector General, former colleagues like FBI agent John Cole, former and current FBI counter proliferation officials (see Sunday Times), former CIA officials like Philip Giraldi, senators Chuck Grassley and Patrick Leahy, Representative Henry Waxman, and whistleblower advocacy groups of all certified her as credible or corroborated her story
- · Because of her gag order, she has listed the pictures of 21 people involved in the scandal on her web site: Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Eric Edelman, Marc Grossman [AG11] Brent Scowcroft, Larry Franklin, Dennis Hastert - Ex-House Speaker (R-Il), Roy Blount - ( R, Mo), Dan Burton - (R - IN), Tom Lantos - (D- CA), Bob Livingston - ex-Speaker of the House (R-LA), Stephen Solarz (D-Ny), Graham E. Fuller - RAND, David Makovsky - WINEP, Alan Makovsky - WINEP, Yusuf Turani (President-in-exile, Turkistan), Professor Sabri Sayari (Georgetown, WINEP), Mehmet Eymur (Former head Turkish counter-terrorism, MIT)
- · US media coverage has been scarce. Vanity Fair LA Times and 60 Minutes did an exposé on Edmonds in 2005. And just this last weekend, Edmonds, risking prosecution, gave her story to the Sunday Times of London. She has been getting calls nonstop from all of the world press.
- · Times revealed that Grossman told a Turkish official that they should not work with a company called Brewster Jennings b/c it was a CIA front company. Brewster Jennings was the cover company for Valerie Plame and was investigating the American Turkish Council and Turkey for as a proliferator of weapons.
[AG3]These foreign agents sold these nuclear secrets to Iran, Libya, and North Korea. More alarming is the sale to the Pakistani to Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)—their spy agency—which has known contacts with al-Qaeda.
The head of the ISI, General Mahmoud Ahmad, is alleged to have wired $100,000 to one of the 9/11 hijackers. In addition, Ahmad is close with Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, whose aides met with Usama bin Laden.
[AG6]Edmonds says that she knows the names of several major US publications that have been sitting on the story for years. How does she know this?
"I know they have it because people from the FBI have come in and given it to them. They've given them the documents and specific case-numbers on my case," she says.
· [AG11]"The Times article then notes something that I reported 18 months ago. Immediately after 911, the FBI arrested a bunch of people suspected of being involved with the attacks -- including four associates of key targets of FBI's counterintelligence operations. Sibel heard the targets tell Marc Grossman: 'We need to get them out of the US because we can't afford for them to spill the beans.' Grossman duly facilitated their release from jail and the suspects immediately left the country without further investigation or interrogation.
· "Let me repeat that for emphasis: The #3 guy at the State Dept facilitated the immediate release of 9/11 suspects at the request of targets of the FBI's investigation."