BREAKING NEWS- How the Sunday Times Investigative Series on Sibel Edmonds & US Ties to Al-Qaeda Chief was Spiked
May 17, 2013
UK magazine Ceasefire publishes never- before-disclosed insights into how the Sunday Times investigative series was spiked under the direct pressure of interest groups tied to the US government. The groundbreaking and revelatory exposÃ© is investigated and reported by bestselling author and analyst Dr. Nafeez Ahmed.
The comprehensive and lengthy investigative report contains several explosive revelations confirmed and backed by two Sunday TimesÂ journalists, current and former government officials, and independent experts and analysts.
I am going to break up the multiple revelations reported in this report into three separate posts here at Boiling Frogs Post. For this first post I am going to provide you with excerpts on how and why the confirmed investigative series by the Sunday Times was stopped by direct pressure from the US government and ÂundisclosedÂ special interest groups [All Emphasis Mine}:
In interviews with this author in early March, Edmonds claimed that Ayman al-Zawahiri, current head of al Qaeda and Osama bin LadenÂs 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 ÂGladio BÂ. Al-Zawahiri, she charged, as well as various members of the bin Laden family and other mujahedeen, were transported on NATO planes to various parts of Central Asia and the Balkans to participate in Pentagon-backed destabilization operations.
According to two Sunday Times journalists speaking on condition of anonymity, this and related revelations had been confirmed by senior Pentagon and MI6 officials as part of a four-part investigative series that were supposed to run in 2008. The Sunday Times journalists described how the story was inexplicably dropped under the pressure of undisclosed Âinterest groupsÂ, which, they suggest, were associated with the U.S. State Department.
ThatÂs correct. The staunch hard-working investigative reporters at Sunday Times were able to obtain independent confirmation of my reports from several former and current US Pentagon officials and MI6 intelligence officers. Now more:
In recent interviews, two Sunday Times journalists confirmed to this author that the newspaperÂs investigation based on Sibel EdmondsÂ revelations was to break much of the details into the open.
ÂWeÂd spoken to several current and active Pentagon officials confirming the existence of U.S. operations sponsoring mujahideen networks in Central Asia from the 1990s to 2001,Â said one Sunday Times source. ÂThose mujahideen networks were intertwined with a whole range of criminal enterprises, including drugs and guns. The Pentagon officials corroborated EdmondsÂ allegations against specific U.S. officials, and IÂd also interviewed an MI6 officer who confirmed that the U.S. was running these operations sponsoring mujahideen in that period.Â
A journalist with the Sunday TimesÂ investigative unit told this author he had interviewed former Special Agent in Charge, Dennis Saccher, who had moved to the FBIÂs Colorado office. Saccher reportedly confirmed the veracity of EdmondsÂ allegations of espionage, telling him that EdmondsÂ story Âshould have been front page newsÂ because it was Âa scandal bigger than Watergate.Â
The same journalist confirmed that after interviewing Saccher at his home, the newspaper was contacted by the U.S. State Department. ÂThe U.S. embassy in London called the editor and tried to ward him off. We were told that we werenÂt permitted to approach Saccher or any other active FBI agents directly, but could only go through the FBIÂs press office Â that if we tried to speak to Saccher or anyone else employed by the FBI directly, that would be illegal. Of course, it isnÂt, but thatÂs what we were told. I think this was a veiled threat.Â
SaccherÂs comments to the journalist never made it to press.
I am going to include one more excerpt and then urge you to go and read the entire exposÃ©:
A lead reporter on the series at the Sunday Times told this author that the investigation based on EdmondsÂ information was supposed to have four parts, but was inexplicably dropped. ÂThe story was pulled half-way, suddenly, without any warningÂ, the journalist said. ÂI wasnÂt party to the editorial decision to drop the story, but there was a belief in the office amongst several journalists who were part of the Insight investigative unit that the decision was made under pressure from the U.S. State Department, because the story might cause a diplomatic incident.Â
I want to urge our readers and supporters to read and help disseminate this one-of-a-kind brave report. I am calling it brave because despite multiple sources and experts confirming the reports, major mainstream and pseudo-alternative publications here in the United States adamantly refused to run the story, furthering the imposed blackout on Sunday Times by the US government and Âspecial interestÂ groups. Please help true and real investigative reporting by taking it upon yourself to disseminate this explosive story widely. Also, send the magazine a thank you note if you can – they are of a now-rare-breed in journalism. Thank you.
Sibel Edmonds is the Publisher & Editor of Boiling Frogs Post and the author of the Memoir Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story. She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN Newman’s Own First Amendment Award for her Âcommitment to preserving the free flow of information in the United States in a time of growing international isolation and increasing government secrecyÂ Ms. Edmonds has a MA in Public Policy and International Commerce from George Mason University, a BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology from George Washington University.