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Treason at the State Department: A Whistleblower's Story
pajamasmedia via instapundit ^ | 1/31/2008 | Annie Jacobsen

Posted on 01/31/2008 4:56:13 AM PST by shove_it

The UK’s Sunday Times recently broke the story of an FBI whistleblower kept from speaking publicly about a State Department official suspected of selling nuclear secrets. Annie Jacobsen digs a bit deeper into this shadowy tale and wonders why American media outlets have greeted the revelations with stunning silence.

Two weeks ago, the London Sunday Times broke an exclusive story about FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds. For five years, the U.S. government has prevented Edmonds from speaking publicly on what she knows, claiming State Secrets Privilege. The Times got the exclusive on the story, eerily titled “For Sale: West’s Deadly Nuclear Secrets,” by talking to a number of Edmonds’ close associates who were not under a gag order, and by filling in pieces of the puzzle from Sibel Edmonds herself.

According the Times article, the U.S. government sought to gag Edmonds from revealing that corrupt government officials — specifically, State Department official Marc Grossman — were directly involved in the stealing and selling of nuclear secrets to foreign agents. In her role as translator, Edmonds listened in on, or translated, hundreds of secretly intercepted conversations between State Department officials and foreign nationals from 1996 to 2002.

~snip~

Why has the mainstream media ignored such an important story? This reporter spoke to a number of Edmonds’ colleagues on the subject. One member of the National Security Whistleblower Coalition (NSWC) — over which Edmonds presides — shared Ellsberg’s disbelief at the lack of coverage on the Edmonds story; Ellsberg is also a NSWC member.

~snip~

“Reporters are terrified of the State Secrets Privilege and being subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury. No one wants to wind up like Judy Miller — in jail.”

~snip~

(Excerpt) Read more at pajamasmedia.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: edmonds; grossman; marcgrossman; nswc; pogo; sibeledmonds; statedept; treason

1 posted on 01/31/2008 4:56:14 AM PST by shove_it
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To: shove_it
The UK’s Sunday Times recently broke the story of an FBI whistleblower kept from speaking publicly about a State Department official suspected of selling nuclear secrets.

SUSPECTED. Not Convicted. There's no need to release suspicions as news stories. All that would lead to would be a bunch of knee-jerk reactionism and hysteria, which is one thing we need less of in this country.
2 posted on 01/31/2008 5:03:32 AM PST by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: shove_it
Reporters are terrified of the State Secrets Privilege and being subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury

I have no idea the of the internal dynamics of the actual offense(s)but I am convinced if would of looked bad for anyone but a Democrat it would have been written, written with glee. I say that sincerely based the overall past and present behavior of the "press".

3 posted on 01/31/2008 5:05:03 AM PST by Archon of the East (Universal Executive Power of the Law of Nature)
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To: shove_it

“In January 2008, Senators Kennedy and Specter introduced legislation to reduce the power of this privilege. Most importantly, the legislation would establish that the courts, not the executive branch, would be the governing body to review evidence and decide if information is covered by the privilege or not.”

Absolutely not. Its executive privelege, not permisssion.

All we need to do is give activist judges an even bigger role in destroying this country.


4 posted on 01/31/2008 5:05:22 AM PST by Adder (hialb)
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To: arderkrag

We should charge Mark Grossman with capital treason and see how things play out in court. If he’s guilty...fry him.


5 posted on 01/31/2008 5:07:59 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Hillary = Senator Incitatus, Clintigula's whore...er, horse.)
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To: shove_it

The media wont report this because they dont want their beloved State Dept. exposed for what it is: a group of Liberal Fascists hell bent on promoting the Liberal utopia agenda the media and Dims crave.


6 posted on 01/31/2008 5:14:43 AM PST by Fox_Mulder77 (I wont shave for a year if McLame gets the nomination)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%; 11B3; 2111USMC; 2Jedismom; A Ruckus of Dogs; AdA$tra; afraidfortherepublic; ...

Bump for America ... before the traitors make it too late.

Treason at the State Department: A Whistleblower's Story

"The UK’s Sunday Times recently broke the story of an FBI whistleblower kept
from speaking publicly about a State Department official suspected of selling nuclear secrets.
Annie Jacobsen digs a bit deeper into this shadowy tale and wonders why
American media outlets have greeted the revelations with stunning silence.

Two weeks ago, the London Sunday Times broke an exclusive story about
FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds.
For five years, the U.S. government has prevented Edmonds from speaking publicly
on what she knows, claiming State Secrets Privilege. The Times got the exclusive
on the story, eerily titled “For Sale: West’s Deadly Nuclear Secrets,”
by talking to a number of Edmonds’ close associates who were not under a gag order,
and by filling in pieces of the puzzle from Sibel Edmonds herself.

According the Times article, the U.S. government sought to gag Edmonds
from revealing that corrupt government officials — specifically,
State Department official Marc Grossman — were directly involved in the stealing and selling
of nuclear secrets to foreign agents. In her role as translator, Edmonds listened in on,
or translated, hundreds of secretly intercepted conversations
between State Department officials and foreign nationals from 1996 to 2002."

7 posted on 01/31/2008 5:16:01 AM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Ouderkirk

There’s already an investigation underway. Otherwise, subpoenaes would not have been issued.


8 posted on 01/31/2008 5:18:38 AM PST by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: Diogenesis

Hang them.


9 posted on 01/31/2008 5:19:31 AM PST by pissant (Time for a CONSERVATIVE party)
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To: Archon of the East
I have no idea the of the internal dynamics of the actual offense(s)but I am convinced if would of looked bad for anyone but a Democrat it would have been written, written with glee. I say that sincerely based the overall past and present behavior of the "press".

I have to agree... When the media writes about "suspected" wrongdoing, unless its a member of the protected class (leftist or dem), they push it as a fact, and it ruins lives... Anyone else remember the "Olympic Bomber" and what they did to the guy who died just recently?

I trust the press to do their proported jobs about ... Well, I was going to say "as far as I could throw a pickup truck," but no, I don't trust the media at all.

Mark

10 posted on 01/31/2008 5:23:48 AM PST by MarkL
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To: Diogenesis
I'm so glad you're here.
Don't ever leave....we need you!
11 posted on 01/31/2008 5:24:34 AM PST by Guenevere (If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.)
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To: arderkrag; All

An earlier story on this issue posted on FR:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1957157/posts


12 posted on 01/31/2008 5:32:33 AM PST by shove_it (and have a nice day)
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To: shove_it

This is,imho,little more than a fresh attempt to get the media to take a bite of a very suspect apple.

It has been circulating - with great cries of glee - in the Lew Rockwell/Alex Jones crowd for about a month : “See ? Them double-dealing Jews ARE out to get you !”

I looked at the story back then, and thought it had more holes than Swiss cheese:an attention-craving “whistleblower”,let go because she could not get along with co-workers (although,in fairness,that decision was set aside); an anonymous letter (composed with the help of that same whistle-blower ?); self-referential links in the UK story (classic Lew Rockwell style);a lot of small things that didn’t add up.

I posted a response (on another forum),including an FAS (Federation of American Scientists) report on how Pakistan got its nukes.

Reaction was immediate: I was a traitor, a secret Zionist-whatever that is- a dirty,lowdown Jew.

I answered “I do not have the honor of being a Jew.”

“What’s honorable about being a Jew , you Jew-lover ?”

(And so it went.)

As I said then, I’ll say now: the story has this stink of disinformation so profoundly, it is no wonder the MSM have been reluctant to touch it.

(Oops ! I forgot to say “the Jew-dominated MSM !”


13 posted on 01/31/2008 5:48:50 AM PST by genefromjersey (So much to flame;so little time !)
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To: shove_it

wow, FNC is really deader than a doornail if they missed this national security issue.


14 posted on 01/31/2008 5:52:13 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: genefromjersey
Didn’t the proliferation of nuclear weapons come from the UN’s Atoms for Peace program? Third world countries would go to western nations and learn how to use nuclear energy for “peace”.
15 posted on 01/31/2008 5:57:24 AM PST by AmericaUnite
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To: genefromjersey

This is,imho,little more than a fresh attempt to get the media to take a bite of a very suspect apple.

IIII

I agree. Someone wants this to becoma a story.


16 posted on 01/31/2008 6:02:28 AM PST by maica (Romney '08)
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To: shove_it

from wiki...

Grossman played a peripheral role in the Plame Affair, at least in terms of what is currently known.

On 10 June 2003, an analyst at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) sent a memo to Ambassador Grossman outlining Ambassador Joseph Wilson’s trip to Niger and mentioning that Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA. Reportedly, Grossman wanted the memo as background to use at a White House meeting on criticism of President Bush for using the Niger claim in his State of the Union speech.

According to the Washington Post, Grossman has refused to answer questions about the memo. The Post says it is not clear if Grossman actually talked about the memo or mentioned Mrs. Wilson at the meeting.[1]

On 6 July 2003, Richard Armitage asked the head of INR, Carl Ford, to send a copy of the memo to Colin Powell aboard Air Force One.

In Patrick Fitzgerald’s indictment of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby on October 28, 2005, Grossman is the Under Secretary of State mentioned as giving information about Plame to Libby.

It has been suggested by Libby’s legal defense that Grossman is biased because, according to Theodore Wells, Libby’s defense lawyer, Grossman and Wilson went to college and came up through the ranks of the State Department together.[2]

It is worth noting, however, that many people have said that the unnamed “State Department official” that Sibel Edmonds is accusing of blowing an undercover operation designed to identify and plug various US leaks of nuclear secrets is Marc Grossman.


17 posted on 01/31/2008 6:06:40 AM PST by enough_idiocy (Romney/Thompson or Steele '08)
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To: shove_it

Right! I knew I read about this before on FR.

And of course there’s a Clinton connection to Grossman.


18 posted on 01/31/2008 6:07:14 AM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Ouderkirk

Never happen. Grossman is a dues-paying member off the Eastern Establishment. Until recently he has been a constant visitor on Fox TV. Thus, he is covered by both the left and the center and that’s what counts in the BostWash corridor.


19 posted on 01/31/2008 6:31:19 AM PST by Melchior
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To: Archon of the East

“...wonders why American media outlets have greeted the revelations with stunning silence.”

A misunderstanding that the media is hell bent to see this country become another emasculated socilaized Euroweenie.


20 posted on 01/31/2008 6:35:11 AM PST by tpanther
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To: shove_it

Pre-dates the A. Khan sales. Not publicized because of possible damage to the relationship with ally.

Ask yourself “cui bono?” Who benefits? Where would these sales have gone? Which ally?

My guess is Israel.


21 posted on 01/31/2008 6:54:09 AM PST by wildbill
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To: shove_it; abb; Milhous; nutmeg; Ernest_at_the_Beach; BIGLOOK; ASA Vet; kcvl; STARWISE; Enchante; ...

Thanks for posting this.

Over a decade ago a trip to the UK opened our eyes to the treason and other crimes being done by the Clintoons being covered in the major UK newspapers.

Little if any of that ever appeared in our lying spinning left Pravda Newspeak.


22 posted on 01/31/2008 9:06:31 AM PST by Grampa Dave ("Ron Paul and his flaming antiwar spam monkeys can Kiss my Ass!!"- Jim Robinson, Sept, 30, 2007)
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To: arderkrag
“All that would lead to would be a bunch of knee-jerk reactionism and hysteria, which is one thing we need less of in this country.”

If you think the State Dept. is full of innocent boy scouts, you are the only one. What we really need less of in this country are State Dept. bureaucrats. No treasonous act they are accused of would surprise me. Their official policies alone are reason enough to know that they are fundamentally against freedom and the American way of life. They are mostly socialististic zealots from Ivy League schools.

23 posted on 01/31/2008 9:56:34 AM PST by monday
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To: monday
If you think the State Dept. is full of innocent boy scouts, you are the only one.

How did you ever get from my response to this line of thought?
24 posted on 01/31/2008 10:03:32 AM PST by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: arderkrag
Well, if you post defending a State Dept. bureaucrat, you should expect that people will think you support State Dept. bureaucrats. I did, thus my post.
25 posted on 01/31/2008 10:14:56 AM PST by monday
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To: monday
Well, if you post defending a State Dept. bureaucrat, you should expect that people will think you support State Dept. bureaucrats. I did, thus my post.

Considering I did not defend him, you made quite a leap of logic to get to your response.
26 posted on 01/31/2008 10:16:03 AM PST by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: shove_it

Yikes!


27 posted on 01/31/2008 10:53:32 AM PST by Republicus2001
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To: Diogenesis; All
Several links included below:
"The focus of this new Times article is the original outing of Brewster Jennings, the CIA cover company that Valerie Plame Wilson worked for. The article confirms that Marc Grossman, former # 3 State Dept official, and former Ambassador to Turkey, warned his Turkish associates to be wary of Brewster Jennings because it was a CIA front operation. This disclosure occurred in the summer of 2001, two years prior to the outing of Valerie Plame.

At least one of them was at the ATC. This person also called an ISI person to warn them.” If the ISI was made aware of the CIA front company [Brewster Jennings], then this would almost certainly have damaged the investigation into the activities of Khan. Plame’s cover would also have been compromised, although Edmonds never heard her name mentioned on the intercepts. Shortly afterwards, Plame was moved to a different operation."

Plame was moved because Brewster Jennings was dismantled due to the FBI discovering that Grossman had blown the cover. Plame has been forbidden by the CIA to refer to her work, or even the fact that she worked at CIA, prior to 2002.
It was also Libby who prodded former Secretary of State Colin Powell to include specious reports about an alleged meeting between 9/11 terrorist Mohammed Atta and an Iraqi intelligence official in Powell's February 2003 speech to the United Nations. Libby and his staff reportedly badgered Powell's speechwriters for weeks, culminating in a meeting where Libby presented information in a manner that, according to those who were there, was aggressive and over the top."
It looks like Plame had quite of few opportunities for her cover to be blown and ample reason to discard her service in the CIA, although she didn't exactly keep her lips shut. Libby's conviction may have been a two-for-the price-of-one scenario. Plame eliminated her connection to the nuclear smuggling ring and can claim deniability while never having to risk dealings with those who learneded of her identity and connections in 2001. And certain State Dept. officials may have found a way to eliminate a thorn in their side and trump a major player in the Bush White House. Of course, Plame can't be the brightest blond on the block...One should never use the name of their front company for political donations!

Plame listed the company as her employer on her 1999 tax forms and used its name when she made a $1,000 contribution to Al Gore’s presidential primary campaign.
28 posted on 01/31/2008 8:43:27 PM PST by callisto
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To: genefromjersey
This is,imho,little more than a fresh attempt to get the media to take a bite of a very suspect apple.

I agree. Sibel Edmonds is apparently associated with the thief, Ellsberg, who stole the Petagon Papers in the 1970s and gave them to the press to bolster the antiwar crowd.

If she was as security-conscious as she claims, she would not have joined forces with Vietnam-era traitor Dan Ellsberg. Ellsberg is the Pentagon Papers guy who's been promoting his "Truth-Telling-Project" to get people in sensitive positions to illegally leak classified information to the press. On an Ellsberg TTP petition in support of a Danish leaker who leaked three threat assessments to Danish newspapers concerning Iraqi WMD. Sibel Edmonds is signed up alongside such other notables as Ted Kennedy's favorite source of info, Karen Kwiatkowski, the looney Lyndon Larouche nut who made up peices to post on the web - while serving in uniform- about the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans, about which she knew nothing. Also appearing is the sig of the infamous Larry Johnson or Joe Wilson/Nigerflap/Plame leak fame. And Ray McGovern of VIPS. Leaking is OK for everyone but Rove, Novak, and Scooter Libby, don't ya know? Sibel Edmonds is the director of National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC). ]

More about them here:

[snip]...The group [NSWBC] is made up of 10 former employees of the Defense, Labor and State departments, the FBI and the CIA. It includes Daniel Ellsberg, a former Marine who leaked the Pentagon Papers about the Vietnam War to the media in 1971; Sibel Edmonds, who reported security breaches and cover-ups of intelligence within the FBI while working as a contract linguist; Ray McGovern, a 27-year CIA analyst who founded an organization opposed to the invasion of Iraq; and Mary Ann Wright, a career foreign service officer who resigned the day the Iraq war began.... [/snip] ----- "Whistleblowers urge workers to disclose classified information ," By Chris Strohm, cstrohm@govexec.com , govexec.com, daily briefing, september 9, 2004 , http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0904/090904c1.htm
Ray McGovern's group is VIPS- a group which feigns outrage at Plame's outing while at the same time belongs to NSWBC which encourages unlawful leaks of classified info. Use Free Republic's keyword search to find more about VIPS- they stink to high heaven. They are associated with EPIC, Joe Wilson, and a host of other fascinating people who don't particularly share our love for this country...

Digging around on Joe Wilson brings up disturbing links to Alamoudi.

Other groups involved in Edmond's case are Project on Government Oversight [POGO] and Liberty Coalition.

[snip]...The memo notes that whistleblowers have little legal protection and often end up losing their jobs. Ellsberg said a new support network for whistleblowers is being established. The network includes pro bono legal counsel from the American Civil Liberties Union and advice from the Project on Government Oversight. The network also includes Ellsberg's Truth Telling Project and McGovern's group, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity... [/snip]---------- "Whistleblowers urge workers to disclose classified information ," By Chris Strohm, cstrohm@govexec.com , govexec.com, daily briefing, september 9, 2004 , http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0904/090904c1.htm

Sibel Edmonds is one of Patrick Leahy's sock puppets, IMHO, maybe worse. I wonder if she's involved with Lyndon LaRouche- LaRouchies are famous flip floppers who appeal to the emotions of both sides of an issue to promote their own agenda.

29 posted on 01/31/2008 9:56:16 PM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: piasa

Glad to see SOMEBODY doing a little digging !


30 posted on 02/01/2008 3:07:32 AM PST by genefromjersey (So much to flame;so little time !)
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To: genefromjersey

Here’s someone else who is skeptical:

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/01/spy_vs_spy.html


31 posted on 02/01/2008 3:10:55 AM PST by genefromjersey (So much to flame;so little time !)
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