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I blogged earlier about the allegations made by Sibel Emonds. Now Brad Blog has more (below—plus he has several update at the link that are well worth reading—including “Those senior DOD officials that are not mentioned the Times, all but one are no longer in government. They are alleged to be Doug Feith, Richard Perle, among others. There is also one person who is part of these allegations, still serving in a high level position at the DOD. His last name begins with an E.”). Here’s enough to make you want to click for the updates:

But we can add to at least one item of note in their report, concerning an unnamed “well-known senior official in the US State Department,” allegedly heard to have received bribes as part of the network. According to the paper:

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.The name of the official – who has held a series of top government posts – is known to The Sunday Times. He strongly denies the claims.

However, Edmonds said: “He was aiding foreign operatives against US interests by passing them highly classified information, not only from the State Department but also from the Pentagon, in exchange for money, position and political objectives.”

She claims that the FBI was also gathering evidence against senior Pentagon officials – including household names – who were aiding foreign agents.

“In one conversation Edmonds heard the official arranging to pick up a $15,000 cash bribe.”

Edmonds said: “I heard at least three transactions like this over a period of 2½ years. There are almost certainly more.”

While that “well-known senior” State Department official is not named by the paper, Australia’s Luke Ryland, who writes at a number of sites as “Lukery”, is perhaps the world’s foremost expert concerning the Sibel Edmonds story. Ryland has told The BRAD BLOG that the official, unnamed by the Times, is Marc Grossman.

Grossman was the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey (’94-’97), the Asst. Sec. of State for European Affairs (’97-’00) and served under Colin Powell and Richard Armitage at the State Department from 2001 to 2005 as the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. He’s currently employed as the Vice Chairman of the D.C. and China-based consulting firm, The Cohen Group, founded by the former Republican Defense Secretary for Bill Clinton, William S. Cohen.

“The Cohen Group provides global business consulting services and advice on tactical and strategic opportunities in virtually every market,” advertises the firm on the front page of their website.

Additional information on a related angle of Grossman’s alleged involvement in these matters was reported by the prolific Ryland in 2006, on his blog, WotIsItGood4.

“The senior official in the State Department [who] no longer works there” offered the Times this non-denial denial of Edmonds’ allegations: “If you are calling me to say somebody said that I took money that’s outrageous,” he reportedly said. “I do not have anything to say about such stupid ridiculous things as this.”

Apparently, he also doesn’t have anything to say, along the lines of “I never took any such money, or did any such thing,” either.

“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,” the paper writes. “While none was aware of specific allegations against officials she names, they did provide overlapping corroboration of Edmonds’s story.”

In a 15-page 2005 exposé in Vanity Fair, concerning yet another, if perhaps-related, aspect of Edmonds’ allegations, British reporter David Rose detailed charges of nearly $500,000 in bribes from Turkish interests, said to have been prepared for former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL). His attorney has denied those allegations, though, in another BRAD BLOG exclusive, Edmonds challenged specific details of the denial. Hastert recently resigned from Congress, sparking speculation for his sudden departure after reports by ABC News in 2006, that he was under DoJ investigation for bribery charges related to convicted Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

In our October story, Edmonds had told us that, in addition to Hastert, she was prepared to name and give details of corruption involving at least “two other well-known” members of Congress. She told us at the time that they are both Republicans from the U.S. House and “one of them is recently no longer there.”

For more details on the Edmonds case, in an easy to read primer, see “What The Heck is the Sibel Edmonds Case Anyway? And Why Should You Care About It?”, a recent BRAD BLOG item based, in part, on the reporting of Ryland.

Whether the Sunday Times story tonight will give permission to the U.S. corporate media to finally pick up the story, and cover the many still-unreported aspects of Edmonds’ charges, remains to be seen.

Written by Leisureguy

8 January 2008 at 9:02 am

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