Saturday, January 19, 2008

Plame and Edmonds were looking at the same covert network

January 18-20, 2008 - Plame and Edmonds were looking at the same covert network

Wayne Madsen Report, publication date: Jan 18, 2008
Classic example of the CIA and FBI working separately against the same target
WMR has learned that former CIA covert agent Valerie Plame Wilson, whose covert status was leaked by the Bush White House, and former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, who was focused on a major covert network involving Turkish, Israeli, and key members of the Bush administration and Republican Party and weapons and drug smuggling, were essentially looking at the same network.

The nexus of Turkey with both the covert CIA Brewster Jennings and Associates operations and the Turkish-Israeli network of influence active within the Defense and State Departments, is the key factor in understanding the complicated counter-espionage operation conducted by both the FBI and CIA.

The congressional investigation by Senators Pat Leahy and Charles Grassley in support of Edmonds' revelations and congressional and judicial efforts to obtain White House emails on the leak of Plame's identity have been stymied by a powerful array of top Bush administration officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, Bush adviser Karl Rove, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, convicted Cheney Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former Deputy Defense Secretary for Policy and Plans Douglas Feith, and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Marc Grossman.

Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald was also, according to our sources, well aware of the massive conspiracy to cover-up the smuggling of weapons of mass destruction components from former Soviet Central Asian states, as well as Ukraine, Moldova, and Ukraine, to the international weapons bazaar. The Abdul Qadeer Khan (A Q Khan) network based in Pakistan was a major beneficiary of the weapons smuggling operation that used Turkey as a pass-through.

Rather than expand his investigation, Fitzgerald demurred on looking at the activities of the American Turkish Council, Turkey's influential lobbying group in Washington, and its parallel symbiotic organization, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Turkey and Israel are close military and intelligence partners.

WMR has also learned from informed British sources that the late Dr. David Kelly, said to have committed suicide with a pen knife and over-the-counter drugs, was murdered because he had stumbled across the British role in the international weapons smuggling ring operating chiefly out of Washington.

Gordon Foxley, who was the head of defense procurement at the British Defense Ministry from 1981 to 1984 Foxley was convicted in 1994 of accepting bribes from foreign arms manufacturers. A British judge ordered Foxley jailed for four years and to hand back £1.5 million. Foxley served two years in prison and was ordered to hand over the money or face an additional three year prison sentence. However, the order was never enforced by the Crown Prosecution Service. The British high court has ruled that because British prosecutors waited until 2005 to enforce the order, Foxley can now keep the money. Former British Foreign Secretary is outraged by the dismissal of the confiscation order and believes that Foxley took many more bribes than what the prosecutors charged.

Foxley told The Guardian that his memory of the case is foggy and that he should write a book because "it would be nice to say things." The Margaret Thatcher and John Major Tory governments were also enmeshed in a scandal involving accepting foreign bribes reportedly linked to the bribes paid to Foxley. During Gulf War I, the Tories received £17.8 million in bribes arising from a covert off-shore arms deal. The Gordon Brown government is hesitant to pursue action on the bribery scandal because some of its leaders also benefited from the same networks, said to include the scandal-plagued BAE Systems, which has been tied to a financial scandal involving former Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Saud, affectionately called "Bandar Bush" by members of the Bush crime family.

WMR has also learned that the late Princess Diana, in her campaign against land mine proliferation, became aware of a even greater arms proliferation danger, that of nuclear weapons and components. Diana also reportedly became privy to the identities of key British politicians and officials involved in the smuggling. Diana died in a suspicious automobile accident in Paris in 1997.

Brewster Jennings and Associates began looking at nuclear non-proliferation in the early 1990s. After South Africa's nuclear weapons program was dismantled by the West upon majority rule and the USSR collapsed, the international nuclear black market was flush with weapons and material. The arms smugglers began cashing in and Pakistan and the A Q Khan took full advantage of the windfall in nuclear technology. In 1991, Senator Patrick Moynihan said that Pakistan had machined six nuclear weapons. Former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers said that when A Q Khan visited the Netherlands in 1992, his trip was sponsored by the Dutch intelligence service, the BVD, and the CIA. Lubbers also indicated that Khan maintained a relationship with the CIA and Britain's MI-6 since 1975.

It was also reported that the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), a contrivance with close links to George H. W. Bush and the Saudis, had bankrolled much of the A Q Khan network's operations. Pakistan detonated its first nuclear weapons in 1998.

The nuclear arms bazaar that also involved key members of the Russian-Ukrainian-Israeli Mafia (RUIM) also benefited North Korea, Libya, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. In the case of the Ukrainians, key members of President Leonid Kuchma's government, who were also involved in weapons smuggling, were protected by key players in the same network under surveillance by Edmonds at the FBI.

After recent revelations in the Sunday Times of London concerning the covert nuclear arms smuggling network, the neocon spin in Washington is that Edmonds could not have had access to so much intercepted communications in just "4 months" at the FBI and that much of the information is exaggerated. In fact, Edmonds spent seven months at the FBI as a Turkish, Farsi, and Azeri translator and her information has been corroborated by other FBI officials, CIA officers, and members of British intelligence. Plame was accused by the neocons of being a mere "desk clerk" at the CIA. This was also false as she was a non-official cover officer up until the time her status was outed by the White House and its media contacts.

The criminal nuclear smuggling network has, since the curtailment of the Leahy-Grassley investigations on the FBI and the blocking of the investigation of the CIA leak case beyond Libby, been permitted to operate without interference. The only real pressure is coming from Russia's government, which has issued arrest warrants for a number of RUIM actors, while at the same time Britain and the United States are protecting many of them.

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