Saturday, January 07, 2006

Edmonds, again

There is something seriously wrong with at least part of Sibel Edmonds' story as described in Wot Is It Good 4 (point 2):

"as part of her undercover job, she took at least 5 trips to turkey between 1997 and 2001"

I can't say that didn't happen, but it is almost impossible. Nicholas Kristof wrote (as far back as October 2003):

"First, the C.I.A. suspected that Aldrich Ames had given Mrs. Wilson's name (along with those of other spies) to the Russians before his espionage arrest in 1994. So her undercover security was undermined at that time, and she was brought back to Washington for safety reasons.

Second, as Mrs. Wilson rose in the agency, she was already in transition away from undercover work to management, and to liaison roles with other intelligence agencies. So this year, even before she was outed, she was moving away from 'noc' - which means non-official cover, like pretending to be a business executive. After passing as an energy analyst for Brewster-Jennings & Associates, a C.I.A. front company, she was switching to a new cover as a State Department official, affording her diplomatic protection without having 'C.I.A.' stamped on her forehead."

She could very well have been hanging around the ATC in Washington, looking for dirt. Acting as an undercover officer in Turkey between 1997 and 2001? Not likely. Ames was arrested in early 1994, and her overseas undercover life ended then. Since the main part of Edmonds' story - that she essentially walked in off the street as a part-time contract employee and the FBI showed her all its biggest secrets (she should have asked them who killed JFK and MLK!), even after she revealed to the alleged Turkish agents that she did not want to join the ATC - is so inherently implausible that she will need to fix this part of her story before I can even begin to feel comfortable with it. If someone (the CIA?) is coaching her, they ought to fix the script.

The additional idea - and not one that I blame on Sibel Edmonds - that Brewster-Jennings, which appears to have been mere cover (received mail and answered the phone), and not an operating entity, was working in Turkey to prevent the Bush Administration from planting WMD in Iraq, appears to be the highest fantasy. There is a tendency in conspiracy theory to try to solve two mysteries at once. Cattle mutilations and lights in the sky leads to the conclusion that the aliens are conducting experiments. Brewster-Jennings needs an explanation and we still don't know why the Bush Administration didn't plant WMD in Iraq, so why not combine them? Actually, it appears that the reason WMD weren't planted is simply that the Bush Administration believed that WMD would be found. The 'stovepiping' worked, and as we have seen from the machinations of the Office of Special Plans, those who knew there were no WMD were kept separate from those who actually believed what they were told. David Kay marched around Iraq actually believing he was going to find something (the recent Risen revelations show that the Americans were asking Iraqis to show them where the WMD were, which indicates that the Americans still assumed that they existed). The additional planting problem was that Kay's experts would have been easily been able to spot a plant from Turkey, which, since Kay was an honest man, would have been a disaster.

The most intriguing aspect of the Edmonds story may be the connections between the ATC and Feith and Perle. However, Turkey has an on-again, off-again friendship with Israel (depending on how hard Israel is pushing its relationship with the Kurds), so it is not unusual that the ATC might look to Israeli agents to further its American relationships.