29 August 2009
Sibel Edmonds, a 37-year-old former Turkish language translator for the FBI, listened into hundreds of sensitive intercepted conversations while based at the agency's Washington field office.
Edmonds described how foreign intelligence agents had enlisted the support of US officials to acquire a network of moles in sensitive military and nuclear institutions.
Among the hours of covert tape recordings, she says she heard evidence that one well-known senior official in the US State Department was being paid by Turkish agents in Washington who were selling the information on to black market buyers, including Pakistan.
She claims that the FBI was also gathering evidence against senior Pentagon officials – including household names – who were aiding foreign agents.
"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," she said.
BY MR. MARINO:
Q It looks like you have a photo of Bob Livingston on your gallery as well.
Q And I believe he's a Congressman from I want to say Louisiana at some point.
Q He was the one that was going to be the speaker, but then left.
Q Why is he in your gallery?
A Until 1999, until he left for activities that he was engaged, not very legal activities on behalf of foreign interests and entities, and after 1999 acting as a conduit to, again, further foreign interests, both overtly and covertly as a lobbyist, but also as an operative.
Q When you say "as an operative," what do you mean by that?
A In order to explain, I will give you an example maybe. Is that okay?
A Just a hypothetical example or --
Q It's okay with me.
A Okay. If an individual has companies set up and clients in offshore islands like Cayman Islands, for example, and is able to as an operative to launder money by foreign entities that were obtained illegally, and some of them had to do with narcotics, and used these Cayman Islands offshore accounts to do that, and then some of that money goes to the congressional people, I would call that not overt. I would call that covert operations, covert operative, operations for that person rather than the classic lobbying operation.
But then there are people who work for these lobbying firms who are not the top, but they have received their share while they were working, whether they are in Pentagon.
One person was Defense Intelligence Agency person, Dana Bauer, and now she works for Bob Livingston, but this individual, Ms. Bauer, did a lot of favors and illegal favors to -- for government of Turkey and others, and then was hired by Livingston and put on a big salary to represent Turkish government.
Q Now, I want to go through a list, and maybe we can add more, of the persons that you identified to Mr. Manion (phonetic) that had been -- had committed crimes either related to bribery or stealing classified information or otherwise. My list was Mr. Roy Blunt, Mr. Tom Lantos, and Mr. Dennis Hastert, Mr. Dan Burton, Mr. Stephen Solarz, Mr. Robert Livingston. Are there other current or former members of Congress to your knowledge who have also committed crimes that have not been -- none of these members have been prosecuted, but have also committed crimes that have not been prosecuted?
A Based on the definition, possibly one.
Q And who is that?
A The lady we just talked about, Congresswoman.
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