Between the Lines

The Sibel Edmonds Story

Sibel Edmonds is a former translator for the FBI—and she’s a tease.  And I don’t just mean the seductive allure of her dark good looks.  For years, she’s been hinting at the vastness of the story she’s been sitting on, letting it out in dribs and drabs, like Chinese water torture.  But now, at last, she’s come out with it—and she’s naming names.

Five days after September 11, Edmonds was hired by the FBI to translate Turkish and Farsi intercepts—recordings of chatter between alleged Turkish agents and their American collaborators.  There was just one problem: One of her coworkers turned out to be a member of the very organization whose office was being bugged by the feds.  This organization, according to Edmonds, was a veritable conduit of corruption, paying out bribes to government officials (including a highly placed State Department official) and members of Congress in exchange for access to top-secret information, illicit weapons sales, and—horrifically, in this age of terrorism—nuclear technology.  This coworker and her husband, a U.S. military officer, attempted to recruit Edmonds into their cabal; Edmonds refused and went straight to her supervisors.  Instead of investigating these serious charges, they responded by getting rid of her.

She appealed her termination and gained some congressional allies: Senators Charles Grassley and Patrick...

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