About Marc Grossman.
Turkey from 1994-97 and undersecretary of state for political affairs from 2001-05
|FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds spills her secrets.
By Philip Giraldi
January 28, 2008 Issue of The American Conservative
Her allegations are not insignificant. Edmonds claims that Marc Grossman—ambassador to
Turkey from 1994-97 and undersecretary of state for political affairs from 2001-05—was a
person of interest to the FBI and had his phone tapped by the Bureau in 2001 and 2002. In
the third-highest position at State, Grossman wielded considerable power personally and
within the Washington bureaucracy. He had access to classified information of the highest
sensitivity from the CIA, NSA, and Pentagon, in addition to his own State Department.
one occasion, Grossman was reportedly recorded making arrangements to pick up a cash
bribe of $15,000 from an ATC contact. The FBI also intercepted related phone
conversations between the Turkish Embassy and the Pakistani Embassy that revealed
sensitive U.S. government information was being sold to the highest bidder. Grossman, who
emphatically denies Edmonds's charges, is currently vice chairman of the Cohen Group,
founded by Clinton defense secretary William Cohen, where he reportedly earns a sevenfigure
salary, much of it coming from representing Turkey.
After 9/11, Grossman reportedly intervened with the FBI to halt the interrogation of four
Turkish and Pakistani operatives. According to Edmonds, Grossman was called by a Turkish
contact who told him that the men had to be released before they told what they knew.
Grossman said that he would take care of it and, per Edmonds, the men were released and
allowed to leave the country.
Edmonds states that FBI phone taps from late 2001 reveal that Grossman tipped off his
Turkish contact regarding the CIA weapons proliferation cover unit Brewster Jennings,
which was being used by Valerie Plame, and that the Turk then informed the Pakistani
intelligence service representative in Washington. It is to be assumed that the information
was then passed on to the A.Q. Khan nuclear proliferation network.
Edmonds also claims that Grossman was instrumental in seeding Turkish and Israeli Ph.D.
students into major American research labs by godfathering visas and enabling security
clearances. She says that she reviewed transcripts in which the moles in the U.S. military and
academic community involved in nuclear technology reportedly carried out several"transactions" involving the sale of nuclear material or information relating to nuclear
programs every month, with Pakistan being a primary buyer.
In the summer of 2000, the
FBI recorded a meeting between a Turkish official and two Saudi businessmen in Detroit in
which nuclear information stolen from an Air Force base in Alabama was offered: "We have
a package and we're going to sell it for $250,000," the wiretap allegedly recorded. "The
network appeared to be obtaining information from every nuclear agency in the United
States," Edmonds told the Times.
Edmonds's revelations have attracted corroboration in the form of anonymous letters
apparently written by FBI employees. There have been frequent reports of FBI field agents
being frustrated by the premature closure of cases dealing with foreign spying, particularly
when those cases involve Israel, and the State Department has frequently intervened to shut
down investigations based on "sensitive foreign diplomatic relations."
One such anonymous
letter, the veracity of which cannot be determined, cites transcripts of wiretaps involving
Marc Grossman and a Turkish Embassy official between August and December 2001,
described above, in which Grossman warned the Turk that Brewster Jennings was a CIA
cover company. If the allegation can be documented from FBI files, the exposure of the
Agency cover mechanism took place long before journalist Robert Novak outed the
company in his column on Valerie Plame in 2003. The anonymous informant conveniently
provides the FBI file number containing the transcripts of the recorded conversations: FBI
Washington Field Office, Counterintelligence Division, Turkish Unit File 203A-WF-210023.
According to the source, the FBI also recorded a subsequent conversation in which a
Turkish official contacted the Pakistani Embassy to inform an ISI officer of Grossman's
warning. The FBI also reportedly informed the CIA of the Grossman conversations to
determine if there was any "conflict of interest," presumably to determine if the CIA was
running its own operation that might be compromised as a result of the phone tap.
In 2015, Paul L. Williams published the book Gladio. On the page 191 he writes the following about Marc Grossman and his role in Gladio:
"In the months that followed the crash in Susurluk, documents were leaked, commissions were set up, and witnesses were located.
Marc Grossman, the US Ambassador to Turkey, who allegedly was
assisting Çatlı and the activities of the derin devlet ("the deep state") within Turkey, was
mysteriously removed from the post as ambassador despite the fact that he had almost two years left
to serve in his position.
Grossman had been the handler for the Grey Wolves, the Gladio unit in which
Çatlı had been a member. He also met regularly with leading Turkish babas and Turkish intelligence
Shortly before his departure from the ambassadorial post, Grossman had been served a
secret warrant from the Susurluk Commission, which sought his testimony concerning the CIA's involvement with illegal Turkish paramilitary operations in Central Asia and the Caucasus.5
leading US dignitaries vanished from their posts in Ankara, including Major Douglas Dickerson, who
procured weapons from the United States for various Central Asian and Middle Eastern governments.6"
|On page 194, he also writes:
Planning the attacks against the Kurds had brought together Çatlı, Turkey's leading fugitive, and
Hüseyin Kocadağ, Turkey's leading police official, in a remote area of the Anatolian plains. Çatlı's
death was unfortunate, mainly because of the adverse publicity it created for the MIT, Turkey's
National Intelligence Organization, which remained bound to the CIA.27 Marc Grossman, the leading
US official in Turkey, had served as a nexus that united Turkey's criminal and law enforcement
elements. But Çatlı's replacement was already in the wings in the form of a Muslim preacher named
4. James Corbett, "Who Is Marc Grossman?" The Corbett Report, October 1, 2013, http://www.corbettreport.com/who-is-marcgrossman/
(accessed May 24, 2014).
5. Sibel Edmonds, "Digging Deeper in Years into Wikileaks' Treasure Chest," Boiling Frogs Post, December 3, 2010,
25E2%2580%2599-treasure-chest-part-i/ (accessed May 24, 2014).
6. Wayne Madsen, "The United States and Ergenekon 'Deep State' in Turkey," Washington Review of Turkish and Eurasian
Affairs, September 2010.