National Security Whistleblowers series continues on Worldview

July 9, 2008

Sibel Deniz Edmonds (pictured at left) is a former FBI translator who says she saw evidence of "criminal activities involving U.S. officials." After she blew the whistle, the government used the "State Secrets Privilege" to silence her in court. Sibel first came to public awareness in a 2002 60 Minutes story, and much of what is known about allegations came from a 2005 Vanity Fair article by British journalist David Rose. (It even prompted a letter of complaint from Dennis Hastert's lawyer. Hastert was implicated in the allegations of bribery and corruption by Turkish agents.) After the Supreme Court refused to hear her case, upholding its dismissal on State Secrets grounds, Sibel's story disappeared from the media. But this year was different. In January, the British Sunday Times newspaper published an explosive three-part series into Sibel's allegations. On Worldview today, Jerome talked to Joe Lauria, an investigative journalist who contributed to the Sunday Times series, while I had the chance to talk with Sibel. Also, to get an idea of how much has remained secret in this case, check out the redacted version of the official Department of Justice Inspector General's report into the actions surrounding Sibel's case. [warning: large PDFfile, but you'll want to see this...] Here's part one of the interview with Sibel. wv_20080709b.mp3 You listen to the rest of the program on Worldview's home page.