Edmonds was later to see the scope of the Pakistani connections when it was revealed that one of her fellow translators at the FBI was the daughter of a Pakistani embassy official who worked for Ahmad. The translator was given top secret clearance despite protests from FBI investigators.
Most of the agents are brave, loyal, dedicated, hard-working, honest... some of them are flat-out brilliant. But, there are a few dirty ones in key places that have the Federal Bureau of Investigation crippled at critical moments.
This is not about bureaucratic empire-building.
Edmonds says packages containing nuclear secrets were delivered by Turkish operatives, using their cover as members of the diplomatic and military community, to contacts at the Pakistani embassy in Washington.
This is the same Turkish Deep State that moves drugs in official Turkish government vehicles, and distributes them throughout Europe via corrupt Turkish officials with diplomatic credentials. I have written about this extensively.
Following 9/11, a number of the foreign operatives were taken in for questioning by the FBI on suspicion that they knew about or somehow aided the attacks.
Edmonds said the State Department official once again proved useful. "A primary target would call the official and point to names on the list and say, 'We need to get them out of the US because we can't afford for them to spill the beans'," she said. "The official said that he would 'take care of it'."
(Shhh... don't ask about those "beans". You will be labeled a "truther" and disavowed by all your "sane friends". We all know Al Qaeda acted alone, and we all know what happened. We do not need an investigation. The same is true about the Bhutto assassination.)
The four suspects on the list were released from interrogation and extradited.
Edmonds also claims that a number of senior officials in the Pentagon had helped Israeli and Turkish agents.
"The people provided lists of potential moles from Pentagon-related institutions who had access to databases concerning this information," she said.
"The handlers, who were part of the diplomatic community, would then try to recruit those people to become moles for the network. The lists contained all their 'hooking points', which could be financial or sexual pressure points, their exact job in the Pentagon and what stuff they had access to."
Standard operations for espionage -- no big deal here, except that they're getting away with it.
You know, that phrase... "sexual pressure points".... Now, I don't mean to be making any accusations with this remark, but... does that remind you of any past Presidents?
One of the Pentagon figures under investigation was Lawrence Franklin, a former Pentagon analyst, who was jailed in 2006 for passing US defence information to lobbyists and sharing classified information with an Israeli diplomat.
"He was one of the top people providing information and packages during 2000 and 2001," she said.
Once acquired, the nuclear secrets could have gone anywhere. The FBI monitored Turkish diplomats who were selling copies of the information to the highest bidder.
Edmonds said: "Certain greedy Turkish operators would make copies of the material and look around for buyers. They had agents who would find potential buyers."
In summer 2000, Edmonds says the FBI monitored one of the agents as he met two Saudi Arabian businessmen in Detroit to sell nuclear information that had been stolen from an air force base in Alabama. She overheard the agent saying: "We have a package and we’re going to sell it for $250,000."
Did you know that Saudi Arabia has access to nuclear weapons? I have touched on this in the past, and will address it more thoroughly in future installments of The Islamic Bomb. For now, read The Islamic Bomb, Part 2.
Edmonds's employment with the FBI lasted for just six months. In March 2002 she was dismissed after accusing a colleague of covering up illicit activity involving Turkish nationals.
She has always claimed that she was victimised for being outspoken and was vindicated by an Office of the Inspector General review of her case three years later. It found that one of the contributory reasons for her sacking was that she had made valid complaints.
The US attorney-general has imposed a state secrets privilege order on her, which prevents her revealing more details of the FBI's methods and current investigations.
Her allegations were heard in a closed session of Congress, but no action has been taken and she continues to campaign for a public hearing.
You can read about the Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General (DOJ/OIG) report and about Edmonds' interview with 60 Minutes, as well as other stuff, at these links:
Letters from Senators
Excerpts of DOJ/OIJ Report
Sibel Edmonds on 60 Minutes
State Secrets Privilege
She was able to discuss the case with The Sunday Times because, by the end of January 2002, the justice department had shut down the programme.
The senior official in the State Department no longer works there. Last week he denied all of Edmonds's allegations: "If you are calling me to say somebody said that I took money, that’s outrageous . . . I do not have anything to say about such stupid ridiculous things as this."
In researching this article, The Sunday Times has talked to two FBI officers (one serving, one former) and two former CIA sources who worked on nuclear proliferation. While none was aware of specific allegations against officials she names, they did provide overlapping corroboration of Edmonds's story.
One of the CIA sources confirmed that the Turks had acquired nuclear secrets from the United States and shared the information with Pakistan and Israel. "We have no indication that Turkey has its own nuclear ambitions. But the Turks are traders. To my knowledge they became big players in the late 1990s," the source said.
How Pakistan got the bomb, then sold it to the highest bidders
1965 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan's foreign minister, says: "If India builds the bomb we will eat grass . . . but we will get one of our own"
1974 Nuclear programme becomes increased priority as India tests a nuclear device
1976 Abdul Qadeer Khan, a scientist, steals secrets from Dutch uranium plant. Made head of his nation's nuclear programme by Bhutto, now prime minister
1976 onwards Clandestine network established to obtain materials and technology for uranium enrichment from the West
1985 Pakistan produces weapons-grade uranium for the first time
1989-91 Khan's network sells Iran nuclear weapons information and technology
1991-97 Khan sells weapons technology to North Korea and Libya
1998 India tests nuclear bomb and Pakistan follows with a series of nuclear tests. Khan says: "I never had any doubts I was building a bomb. We had to do it"
2001 CIA chief George Tenet gathers officials for crisis summit on the proliferation of nuclear technology from Pakistan to other countries
2001 Weeks before 9/11, Khan's aides meet Osama Bin Laden to discuss an Al-Qaeda nuclear device
2001 After 9/11 proliferation crisis becomes secondary as Pakistan is seen as important ally in war on terror
2003 Libya abandons nuclear weapons programme and admits acquiring components through Pakistani nuclear scientists
2004 Khan placed under house arrest and confesses to supplying Iran, Libya and North Korea with weapons technology. He is pardoned by President Pervez Musharraf
2006 North Korea tests a nuclear bomb
2007 Renewed fears that bomb may fall into hands of Islamic extremists as killing of Benazir Bhutto throws country into turmoil
One of the comments to the article is interesting:
Of course, anyone who does a Google with "Sibel Edmonds" and "State Department official" will find one name emerging:
Mike Mejia, Tucker, GA
If this is the Mike Mejia, he is an author who has done research on the Sibel Edmonds case, and is well-connected to other Sibelologists. I take his word, and the word of other Sibelologists, for it: It's Grossman, only his first name is spelled with a "c" -- Marc Grossman.
See also Sibel Edmonds case: Front page of the (UK) papers (finally) and SIBEL EDMONDS SPEAKS TO UK SUNDAY TIMES: SAYS U.S. OFFICIALS INVOLVED IN RELEASE OF NUKE SECRETS TO TURKEY, PAKISTAN, IRAN, OTHERS, POSSIBLY EVEN AL-QAEDA.
In finishing, let me just point out that Al Qaeda has been very cozy with the Taliban.
But, who set up the Taliban?
Well, we are examining that question beginning with Genesis, Part 1. Hopefully, the answer will not suprise you.
Birds of a feather?
Gagging Sibel Edmonds and others, and shutting down investigations, is only one way to guard these criminal secrets, but there is nothing they can do about the other approach to the secrets of the Shadow Realm, so they leave TiNRATs as guards.
But, to anyone brave enough to take on the TiNRATs... well, as they say, The Truth is Out There.
So, you ask: What are TiNRATs?
"They'll Never Read All That."
Ah, but what if someone does?