Ex-FBI translator alleges Turkish intelligence activities in US

Sibel Edmonds

Sibel Edmonds

By IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org |
A former FBI translator has alleged that agents acting at the behest of the Turkish government have bugged, blackmailed and bribed US politicians. Sibel Edmonds has spent seven years trying to get a US court to hear her allegations that Turkish intelligence agents penetrated her unit, the State Department, the Pentagon and Congress. On August 8, she gave a public testimony at the Washington headquarters of the National Whistleblowers Association, in an attempt to keep her case alive in the public eye. Among other allegations, she said that Turkish intelligence agents bugged the apartment of a female member of Congress and then blackmailed her, threatening to expose her extra-marital affair. She also claimed that several Congress members were “paid off” to support legislation that Ankara deemed important for Turkey’s interests. One such legislation allegedly concerned the Congressional vote on recognizing the Armenian genocide. The term refers to the systematic destruction of the Armenian population residing within the Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I. Click here for detailed coverage of Edmonds’ testimony by Brad Friedman of The Brad Blog.

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