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The complete story from The American Conservative magazine. Part of her job was to translate and transcribe recordings of conversations between suspected Turkish intelligence agents and their American contacts.
She was fired from the FBI in April after she raised concerns that one of the translators in her section was a member of a Turkish organization that was under investigation for bribing senior government officials and members of Congress, drug trafficking, illegal weapons sales, money laundering, and nuclear proliferation. She appealed her termination, but was more alarmed that no effort was being made to address the corruption that she had been monitoring.
What follows is her own account of what some consider the most incredible tale of corruption and influence peddling in recent times. You provided many names and details for the first time on the record and swore an oath confirming that the deposition was true.
Basically, you map out a corruption scheme involving U. These agents were able to obtain information that was either used directly by those foreign governments or sold to third parties, with the proceeds often used as bribes to breed further corruption. Because the FBI had had no Turkish translators, these files were archived, but were considered to be very important operations. As part of the background, I was briefed about why these operations had been initiated and who the targets were.
Grossman became a person of interest early on in the investigative file while he was the U. He also had suspicious contact with a number of official and non-official Israelis. It involved a number of high-level criminals as well as senior army and intelligence officers with whom he had been in contact.
After he and his Turkish wife Can returned to the U. My complaints about her connection to Turkish lobbying groups led to my eventual firing. Grossman and Dickerson had to leave the country because a big investigation had started in Turkey. Special prosecutors were appointed, and the case was headlined in England, Germany, Italy, and in some of the Balkan countries because the criminal groups were found to be active in all those places.
He later became a U. The central figure in this scandal was Abdullah Catli. Sometimes, the two converge. The FBI is aware of his activities and is listening to his phone calls. Did he give assistance to foreign individuals penetrating U. Grossman assisted his Turkish and Israeli contacts directly, and he also facilitated access to members of Congress who might be inclined to help for reasons of their own or could be bribed into cooperation.
The top person obtaining classified information was Congressman Tom Lantos. A Lantos associate, Alan Makovsky worked very closely with Dr. Sabri Sayari in Georgetown University, who is widely believed to be a Turkish spy. Lantos was at the time probably the most outspoken supporter of Israel in Congress. AIPAC would take out the information from Lantos that was relevant to Israel, and they would give the rest of it to their Turkish associates. The Turks would go through the leftovers, take what they wanted, and then try to sell the rest.
And all of this information is in an FBI file somewhere? The FBI agents believed that they were looking at the same operation. It started with the Israeli Embassy. The original targets were intelligence officers under diplomatic cover in the Turkish Embassy and the Israeli Embassy.
It moved forward from there. They got leftovers from the Turks and Israelis. GIRALDI: So the network starts with a person like Grossman in the State Department providing information that enables Turkish and Israeli intelligence officers to have access to people in Congress, who then provide classified information that winds up in the foreign embassies?
And we also had Pentagon officials doing the same thing. We were looking at Richard Perle and Douglas Feith. They had a list of individuals in the Pentagon broken down by access to certain types of information. Some of them would be policy related, some of them would be weapons-technology related, some of them would be nuclear-related.
Perle and Feith would provide the names of those Americans, officials in the Pentagon, to Grossman, together with highly sensitive personal information: this person is a closet gay; this person has a chronic gambling issue; this person is an alcoholic. The files on the American targets would contain things like the size of their mortgages or whether they were going through divorces. One Air Force major I remember was going through a really nasty divorce and a child custody fight.
They detailed all different kinds of vulnerabilities. GIRALDI: So they had access to their personnel files and also their security files and were illegally accessing this kind of information to give to foreign agents who exploited the vulnerabilities of these people to recruit them as sources of information? RAND ended up becoming one of the prime targets for these foreign agents.
So they were setting up these people for recruitment as agents or as agents of influence? They also had sources who were working in some midwestern Air Force bases. Then a Turkish contact in Chicago said he knew two Saudi businessmen in Detroit who would be very interested in this information, and they would pay the price.
He also took care of some other people, including his contact at the New York Times. They print it under their names. Both Feith and Perle were lobbyists for Turkey and also were involved with Israel on defense contracts, including some for Northrop Grumman, which Feith represented in Israel. They were discussing with the Turkish ambassador in Washington an arrangement whereby the U. The UK would take the south, the rest would go to the U. They were negotiating what Turkey required in exchange for allowing an attack from Turkish soil.
The Turks were very supportive, but wanted a three-part division of Iraq to include their own occupation of the Kurdish region. Meanwhile Scowcroft, who was also the chairman of the American Turkish Council, Baker, Richard Armitage, and Grossman began negotiating separately for a possible Turkish protectorate.
Scowcroft was all for invading Iraq in and even wrote a paper for the Pentagon explaining why the Turkish northern front would be essential. Grossman had just become undersecretary, third in the State hierarchy behind Armitage. Can you describe that in more detail? The Turkish agents had a network of Turkish professors in various universities with access to government information. Their top source was a Turkish-born professor of nuclear physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He was useful because MIT would place a bunch of Ph. He would provide the list of Ph. And they were not necessarily all Turkish, but the ones they selected had struck deals with the Turkish agents to provide information in return for money. If for some reason they had difficulty getting a secuity clearance, Grossman would ensure that the State Department would arrange to clear them.
Was this the primary means of influencing congressmen, or did foreign agents exploit vulnerabilities to get what they wanted using something like blackmail? The number-one congressman involved with the Turkish community, both in terms of providing information and doing favors, was Bob Livingston. Number-two after him was Dan Burton, and then he became number-one until Hastert became the speaker of the House. At this point, the Justice Department said they wanted the FBI to only focus on Congress, leaving the executive branch people out of it.
Then the Monica Lewinsky scandal erupted, and everything was placed on the back burner. But some of the agents continued to investigate the congressional connection. In , they wiretapped the congressmen directly. Prior to that point they were getting all their information secondhand through FISA, as their primary targets were foreigners.
The questionably legal wiretap gave the perfect excuse to the Justice Department. As soon as they found out, they refused permission to monitor the congressmen and Grossman as primary targets. But the inquiry was kept alive in Chicago because the FBI office there was pursuing its own investigation. The epicenter of a lot of the foreign espionage activity was Chicago. Turkish agents started gathering information on her, and they found out that she was bisexual.
So a Turkish agent struck up a relationship with her. They needed Schakowsky and her husband Robert Creamer to perform certain illegal operational facilitations for them in Illinois. They already had Hastert, the mayor, and several other Illinois state senators involved. GIRALDI: So we have a pattern of corruption starting with government officials providing information to foreigners and helping them make contact with other Americans who had valuable information.
Some of these officials, like Marc Grossman, were receiving money directly. The stolen information was being sold, and the money that was being generated was used to corrupt certain congressmen to influence policy and provide still more information—in many cases information related to nuclear technology. There were certain forces in the U.
So these conversations, between and , had to do with a Central Asia operation that involved bin Laden. There were several bin Ladens who were going on private jets to Azerbaijan and Tajikistan.
The Turkish ambassador in Azerbaijan worked with them. There were bin Ladens, with the help of Pakistanis or Saudis, under our management. Marc Grossman was leading it, percent, bringing people from East Turkestan into Kyrgyzstan, from Kyrgyzstan to Azerbaijan, from Azerbaijan some of them were being channeled to Chechnya, some of them were being channeled to Bosnia.
People and weapons went one way, drugs came back. After that, they went to the UK, and a lot came to the U. Turkish diplomats who would never be searched were coming with suitcases of heroin.
What do you think the chances are that the Obama administration will try to end this criminal activity? For all those changes that he was promising, he had done nothing. We whistleblowers had written to his Senate office.
He never responded, even though he was on the relevant committees. As soon as Obama became president, he showed us that the State Secrets Privilege was going to continue to be a tool of choice.
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The complete story from The American Conservative magazine. Part of her job was to translate and transcribe recordings of conversations between suspected Turkish intelligence agents and their American contacts. She was fired from the FBI in April after she raised concerns that one of the translators in her section was a member of a Turkish organization that was under investigation for bribing senior government officials and members of Congress, drug trafficking, illegal weapons sales, money laundering, and nuclear proliferation. She appealed her termination, but was more alarmed that no effort was being made to address the corruption that she had been monitoring. What follows is her own account of what some consider the most incredible tale of corruption and influence peddling in recent times. You provided many names and details for the first time on the record and swore an oath confirming that the deposition was true. Basically, you map out a corruption scheme involving U.
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