Bradblog Exclusive: FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds Will Now Tell All
BLOGGED BY Brad Friedman ON 10/29/2007 5:30AM
EXCLUSIVE: FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds Will Now Tell All – 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
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 while 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 the
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 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 of 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 prior to 9/11 at the FBI.
Here’s a handy bullet-point list, as we ran it in March of 2006, for reference,
of what she’s now willing to tell you about.
"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 last week when
we spoke with her for comments in relation to our story on former House Speaker
Dennis Hastert’s 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
"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 everything
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
"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
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 representing "Order" and just below the
words "Equal Justice" — came crashing to the ground.
She has met with, and told her story to, U.S. senators including Republican
Charles Grassley and Democrat Patrick Leahy, both of the Senate Intelligence
Committee, both who found her extremely credible. 60 Minutes producers
may remember 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, to be "credible,"
"serious," and "warrant[ing] a thorough and careful review by
As far back as 2002, Grassley and Leahy co-wrote letters on Edmonds’ behalf
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 she’s made.
"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 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
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"
high-security room in 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
heard in 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 the majority
in the House, Waxman’s office is "going mum." They won’t even respond
to her calls.
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 in early 2006, following up on a Vanity Fair
exposé 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
For the record, she told The BRAD BLOG, the other two "well-known members"
are from the House, both Republican, and "one of them is recently no longer
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.
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 organizations.
As we reported last Spring, Veteran FBI counterintelligence agent John Cole
has said 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 me that Sibel
Edmonds was 100 percent accurate," he said, "management knew that
she was correct."
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 (POGO), Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
(CREW), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the September 11th Advocates,
the Liberty Coalition, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), OMB Watch,
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and People for the American Way
(PFAW) — all signed a letter 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 on a public petition to Congress, demanding they hold public hearings.
More than 30,000 people, Edmonds says, have now signed that petition 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), 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 the 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 "privilege"!
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 to
"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 this one?
"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."
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