Sibel Edmonds is a former FBI translator who alleges that American neocons funded al-Qaeda while selling nuclear weapons secrets to Pakistan through Turkish intermediaries. Edmonds was fired from the FBI after reporting a hostile espionage network within the translation office to her superiors.

Gladio B Edit

FBI translator Sibel Edmonds alleges covert US support for al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden in particular from 1997 through 2001 under a program known as "Gladio B" which ran through the US embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan. She also alleges that this program was linked to the theft of US nuclear weapons secrets by Israeli and Turkish operatives on behalf of Pakistan. An investigation by the Sunday Times confirmed some of her allegations before the investigation was cancelled by management. [1][2]

The name Gladio B was made public by Edmonds in 2013. Edmonds claims that the name was used by the FBI as far back as 1997. [2]

Edmonds claims that the FBI has enough evidence to convict "household names" but has been prevented from prosecuting them. [1]

Timeline Edit

FBI suppression Edit

Edmonds alleges that the FBI wiretaps every foreign country except for the the UK, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Belgium, with the last three excluded so as to avoid the possibility of the FBI gathering any intelligence on Gladio. [3]

NATO Brussels 1990 Edit

NATO made a strategic decision in 1990 to support Muslim extremists. [2]

The last publicly known Gladio meeting occurred in NATO’s Allied Clandestine Committee (ACC) in Brussels in 1990. While Italy was a focal point for the older European operations, Edmonds said that Turkey and Azerbaijan served as the main conduits for a completely new, different set of operations in Asia using veterans of the anti-Soviet campaign in Afghanistan, the so-called “Afghan Arabs” that had been trained by al-Qaeda.

SACEUR at this time was John Galvin.

NATO 1997 Edit

Edmonds alleges that NATO made a strategic decision in 1997 to halt support for secular nationalists and to support Islamic fundamentalists instead, that the fundamentalists sponsored by NATO at this time included Fethullah Gülen, Uyghur leader Anwar Yusuf Turani, and al-Qaeda deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, and that NATO coerced Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak to release hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood prisoners so that they could fight in Kosovo. [3]

Wesley Clark became SACEUR in 1997.

Edmonds describes this decision as a switch from "Gladio A" to "Gladio B" and alleges that the old Gladio operatives defected to Russia in 2002-2003 after NATO abandoned them. [4]

Pakistani operatives Edit

Pakistan's ISI is alleged to have been in control of the nuclear spying operation.

Mahmoud Ahmad Edit

From the Sunday Times, stating this as a fact based on their own research and not Edmonds: [1]

The Pakistani operation was led by General Mahmoud Ahmad, then the ISI chief. Intercepted communications showed Ahmad and his colleagues stationed in Washington were in constant contact with attachés in the Turkish embassy. ...

Ahmad was accused of sanctioning a $100,000 wire payment to Mohammed Atta, one of the 9/11 hijackers, immediately before the attacks.

Ahmad traveled to the US in early September 2001 where he had a series of meetings with CIA director George Tenet, the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, and the White House. "But the most important meeting was with Mark Grossman, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs." [5]

Indian intelligence took credit for finding the payment to Atta. [2]

Ahmad retired in October 2001, allegedly as the result of the discovery of his involvement in 9/11. [2]

A. Q. Khan Edit

Abdul Qadeer Khan is the Pakistani seller of nuclear secrets. [1]

Khan was close to Ahmad and the ISI. While running Pakistan’s nuclear programme, he became a millionaire by selling atomic secrets to Libya, Iran and North Korea. He also used a network of companies in America and Britain to obtain components for a nuclear programme.

Hadia Roberts Edit

From The Times: [1]

Edmonds was later to see the scope of the Pakistani connections when it was revealed that one of her fellow translators at the FBI was the daughter of a Pakistani embassy official who worked for Ahmad. The translator was given top secret clearance despite protests from FBI investigators.

FBI investigator John M. Cole had identified Hadia Roberts as the daughter of "a known intelligence officer" and strongly recommended against hiring her. "A few weeks later" the FBI opened an "unknown subject" investigation into how Pakistan received information known only to Roberts and "a handful" of others, but the investigation was shut down after 90 days. [6]

According to Paul Sperry: [7]

Known as a Muslim “Zeakit” who tries to convert collegues to Islam, she headed the field office’s Muslim awarness program and led prayergroups. At one point, bureau insiders say, she also lead an effort to persuade management to install separate bathroom facilities for Muslims. She was recently promoted to headquarters and the FBI has also hired her sons to translate highly classified materials, sources say...

Alleged US operatives Edit

Dick Cheney Edit

Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney fired analyst Richard Barlow for reporting in 1989 that Pakistan had likely developed a nuclear weapon. This finding "would have killed a $1.4-billion sale of F-16 fighter jets toIslamabad." [8] The F-16 was produced by General Dynamics whose vice president Gordon England would be appointed Secretary of the Navy in 2001 when Cheney was Vice President of the United States.

As Vice President, Cheney may have been influential in the appointment of alleged Gladio B operatives Gordon England, Marc Grossman, and Eric Edelman.

Members of Congress Edit

Edmonds alleges that the spy ring bribed several key members of Congress of both parties. [2] Names that Edmonds mentions in this context include House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Tom Lantos, and Jane Harman. [6] Dan Burton is named as having supported the CIA's illegal operations in Central Asia. [4]

Dennis Hastert resigned from Congress in 2007 and "immediately he signed up as a lobbyist for the government of Turkey" for $35,000 per month. [6]

Richard Perle and Douglas Feith Edit

Richard Perle and Douglas Feith had been members of the lobbying firm International Advisors which registered as a foreign agent of the Turkish government in the early 1990s. [9] Jim Lobe claims that Richard Perle later recommended Edelman for the job of ambassador to Turkey in 2003. [9]

Edmonds alleges that Perle and Feith "were 100 percent directly involved" in spying on the Department of Defense during the 1990s. [10]

John M. Cole says that Richard Perle's "name came up a few times" in counterintelligence investigations. [6]

Marc Grossman Edit

Edmonds reported hearing 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." [1] Edmonds has elsewhere identified this State Department official as Mark Grossman and alleged that he: [11]

  1. Arranged visas and security clearances for nuclear labs like Sandia and Los Alamos
  2. Facilitated blackmail of American officials with access to various secrets
  3. Outed Brewster Jennings in 2001, two years before Robert Novak wrote his infamous article.

Edmonds alleges that Grossman was forced to leave Turkey in 1996 by the investigation resulting from the Susurluk scandal.[12] [3]

In August 2001, according to Edmonds, Grossman contacted "a very high level person in the Turkish diplomatic community" and told that person not to hire Brewster Jennings because they were a CIA operation. [6]

Edmonds alleges that Marc Grossman ordered the release of four Turkish operatives who were held by the FBI after 9/11. [9]

In March 2007, Edmonds alleged that Marc Grossman had been "hired by one very large Turkish company that is also a front for a lot of illicit activities." [9]

As of 2009, Grossman was a vice chairman of the Cohen Group. [10]

Douglas Dickerson Edit

Edmonds alleges that Air Force Major Douglas Dickerson of "specifically directed the Pentagon’s ‘Gladio’ operations in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan" during the late 1990s [2] and had worked for Marc Grossman in Turkey. [12] Dickerson allegedly worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency's weapons procurement logistics division for Turkey and Central Asia, and for the Office of Special Plans focusing on Central Asia.

Edmonds has accused Dickerson's wife, FBI translator Melek Can Dickerson, of intentionally producing inaccurate translations to hide criminal activity.

Eric Edelmen Edit

Eric Edelman was Deputy National Security Advisor to Dick Cheney from 2001-2003, Ambassador to Turkey from 2003-2005, and Undersecretary of Defense for Policy from 2005-2009.

Luke Ryland described Edelman as "neck-deep in the case of former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds." [9]

FreeRepublic user KayEyeDoubleDee associates Eric S. Edelmen with Marc Grossman and the Muslim Brotherhood: [13]

  • Edelmen attempted to fire Stephen Coughlin, "the ONLY Pentagon analyst" specializing in Islamic doctrine, on the advice of Muslim Brotherhood operative Hesham Islam. Islam worked for Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England at the time.
  • Both Edelman and Grossman served as Ambassador to Turkey.
  • Both Edelman and Grossman studied under Walter LaFeber at Cornell University.
  • Subpoenas in the Plame Affair sought information on Edelmen and Grossman, among several others.

Lawrence Franklin Edit

According to Edmonds, Lawrence Franklin was "one of the top people providing information and packages during 2000 and 2001." [1]

Franklin had been assigned to the Office of Special Plans. [10]

Franklin was arrested in 2004 for providing information to AIPAC in the Lawrence Franklin espionage scandal.

American Turkish Council Edit

Edmonds received much of her information while listening to FBI wiretap recordings of the American Turkish Council. [6]

The ATC at the time was led by Brent Scowcroft, the former national security adviser to the first President Bush.

Unidentified US Embassy Baku Personnel Edit

Edmonds claims that Ayman al-Zawahiri was a regular guest of the US Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan from 1997 to 2001. [2]

Ayman al-Zawahiri, current head of al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden’s deputy at the time, had innumerable, regular meetings at the U.S. embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, with U.S. military and intelligence officials between 1997 and 2001, as part of an operation known as ‘Gladio B’. Al-Zawahiri, she charged, as well as various members of the bin Laden family and other mujahideen, were transported on NATO planes to various parts of Central Asia and the Balkans to participate in Pentagon-backed destabilisation operations.

The US Ambassador to Azerbaijan from 1997-2000 was Stanley Tuemler Escudero who had previously been ambassador to Uzbekistan and Tajikstan in Central Asia.

Unidentified Chicago Network Personnel Edit

Edmonds alleges that much of Gladio's logistics and operational planning were done from Chicago because it is relatively easy to launder money there, and that Abdullah Çatlı was a key figure in this network. [14]

Ali Mohamed Edit

Edmonds describes al-Qaeda operative Ali Mohamed, who has been blamed for the 1998 United States embassy bombings, as "one of the most important actors" in Gladio. [4]

Edmonds alleges that "nobody has seen Ali Mohamed, in court, in prison, anywhere." [4]

Alleged Turkish operatives Edit

Edmonds has alleged that Turkey was a focus of the original Operation Gladio due to its strategic location and its use as a drug route. [3]

Mehmet Eymür Edit

Mehmet Eymür led Turkey's Counter-Terrorism Department in 1995 until it was dissolved by Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz in early 1996. The unit was accused of numerous assassinations. [15] Yilmaz has described the unit as an illegal Fethullahçı security force loyal to Fethullah Gülen. [16]

Abdullah Çatlı Edit

From Robert Paulson's summary of Edmonds's report: [3]

The primary example Edmonds gives of this type of Gladio operative is Abdullah Çatlı. He was a major para-military nationalist with a criminal record so notorious he was on Interpol's 10 Most Wanted list. Arrested in Switzerland during the 80's and placed in a high-security prison, he escaped via a helicopter that was owned by NATO! Çatlı (pronounced Chat-lee) next shows up in London in 1989 where he is granted UK citizenship! Next he comes to the United States, specifically Chicago in 1990-1991 where he is given a green card. There are dozens of exits and entrances from America indicating his participation in the kind of nefarious operations listed above, but because he carries 4 or 5 diplomatic passports, he has immunity to do whatever he wants. In 1995, Çatlı travels to Azerbaijan from Chicago and attempts to assassinate President Aliyev.

The attempt fails to kill Aliyev, but succeeds in Çatlı's real goal: making Aliyev loyal to US/NATO. Prior to the assassination attempt, Aliyev was loyal to Russia but had a terrible weakness ripe for exploitation: he had big debts with casinos. Following the assassination attempt, Aliyev became pro-US, so with his mission accomplished, Çatlı came back to Chicago. He was also heavily involved with organizing terror operations in an area of West China known as Turkestan prior to his death.

Edmonds alleges that Çatlı reported to Mehmet Eymür who reported to someone else in NATO. [17]

Çatlı was killed in the Susurluk car crash in 1996.

Yaşar Öz Edit

Edmonds alleges that drug smuggler Yaşar Öz was a major component of the original Gladio A organization who reported to Abdullah Çatlı and had diplomatic immunity as a member of NATO. [17]

Mehmet Ali Ağca Edit

Mehmet Ali Ağca assassinated Milliyet newspaper editor Abdi İpekçi in 1979 and attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981. Edmonds alleges that Ağca was a Gladio operative and that Michael Ledeen spread disinformation falsely labeling Ağca as a Soviet agent. [14]

Unidentified Turkish operatives Edit

From the Times: [1]

Edmonds says packages containing nuclear secrets were delivered by Turkish operatives, using their cover as members of the diplomatic and military community, to contacts at the Pakistani embassy in Washington.

Edmonds alleges that Marc Grossman ordered the release of four Turkish operatives who were held by the FBI after 9/11. [9]

Unidentified Turkish and Israeli moles Edit

From the Times: [1]

The Turks and Israelis had planted “moles” in military and academic institutions which handled nuclear technology... "every nuclear agency in the United States"... mainly PhD students

Alleged al-Qaeda assets Edit

Ayman al-Zawahiri Edit

Al-Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri was allegedly a Gladio operative since 1997 at the latest. [3]

Suleyman Abu Ghaith Edit

Al-Qaeda spokesman and Osama bin Laden's son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was captured in 2013 in a 5-star hotel in Turkey and then released, allegedly with the approval of the CIA. [14] Following Edmonds's report, Abu Ghaith was arrested in Jordan and extradited to the United States in March 2013.

Financing Edit

Drug dealing Edit

The organization allegedly funds itself primarily through drug trafficking.

First Merchant Bank Edit

Edmonds alleges that First Merchant Bank was the primary bank used by NATO, the CIA, the Mafia, and al-Qaeda for money laundering. [17]

NGO funding Edit

Edmonds alleges that the CIA created several non-governmental organizations in the 1990s which claimed to be performing public works projects but were secretly funding al-Qaeda. Money was allocated by CIA-friendly representatives in Congress. [17]

Spying on judges Edit

Edmonds cites FBI Special Agent Gilbert M. Graham as claiming that the Justice Department ran background checks on US judges in the 1990s to blackmail the judges into deciding in their favor. [2]

In her memoirs, she recounts that FBI Special Agent Gilbert Graham, who also worked in the Washington field office on counter-intelligence operations, told her over a coffee how he “ran background checks on federal judges” in the “early nineties for the bureau… If we came up with shit – skeletons in their closets – the Justice Department kept it in their pantry to be used against them in the future or to get them to do what they want in certain cases – cases like yours.”

The War on Iraq Edit

Edmonds alleges that Brent Scowcroft and James Baker were involved in negotiations "on behalf of Turkey" to discuss the division of spoils resulting from the future US invasion of Iraq, and that these negotiations took place in July and August 2001 by which time the leaders of the US and UK had already decided to invade Iraq. [6] [4]

Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz were also involved in these negotiations. [4]

The Hood Event Edit

In July 2003, US forces arrested a number of Turkish operatives in northern Iraq. This became known as the Hood Event because the Americans placed hoods over the heads of the Turkish prisoners. Edmonds alleges that these were "Turkish generals working for Gladio." [4] US state media identified the captives as "eleven members of Turkey's special forces, including a colonel and two majors" along with "members of Iraq's Turkoman Front political group". [18]

Edmonds alleges that "the head Turkish general in charge of the Hood Event team was forced to retire". [4]

See Also Edit

  • 9/11
  • Mega Oil - allegations of the US supporting al-Qaeda through Azerbaijan
  • Far West LLC - other allegations of a private for-profit intelligence network involving Israelis

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Chris Gourlay, Jonathan Calvert, and Joe Lauria, For sale: West’s deadly nuclear secrets, The Sunday Times, 2008 January 6,
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, Why was a Sunday Times report on US government ties to al-Qaeda chief spiked?, 2013 May 17,
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Robert Paulson, Synopsizing Sibel Edmonds: The Evolution of Operation Gladio Part One, 2013 March 8,
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Robert Paulson, Synopsizing Sibel Edmonds: The Evolution of Operation Gladio Part Three, 2013 March 21,
  5. Amir Mateen, ISI Chief's Parleys Continue in Washington, The News (Karachi), 2001 September 10,
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Interview with Scott Horton, FBI Whistleblower Names Names, 2009 October 23,
  8. Ken Silverstein and David Isenberg, Political Intelligence, Mother Jones, 2002 January,
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Luke Ryland, Eric Edelman: key conspirator in Sibel Edmonds case, 2007 August 2,
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Bryant Jordan, Ex-FBI Translator Claims Spying at DoD, 2009 October 21,
  11. Luke Ryland, Peddling Peril, Peddling Lies, 2010 March 30,
  12. 12.0 12.1 Philip Giraldi, Who’s Afraid of Sibel Edmonds?, The American Conservative, 2009 November 1,"
  13. KayEyeDoubleDee, Is this why Sandy Berger needed to destroy those documents? PART II: MEET ERIC S. EDELMAN, Free Republic, 2008 February 12,
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Robert Paulson, Synopsizing Sibel Edmonds: The Evolution of Operation Gladio Part Two, 2013 March 13,
  15. MİT official says he ‘knows much’ about past atrocities, Today's Zaman,
  16. Meltem Yılmaz, Yasadışı oluşum Emniyet'e kaydı, Cumburiyet, 2008 November 28,
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Robert Paulson, Synopsizing Sibel Edmonds: The Evolution of Operation Gladio Part Four, 2013 March 28,
  18. Jeffrey Donovan, U.S./Turkey: Ties Hit New Low After Raid On Turkish Forces, Radio Free Europe, 2003 July 7,
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