"Among the hours of covert tape recordings, she says she heard evidence that one well-known senior official in the US State Department was being paid by Turkish agents in Washington who were selling the information on to black market buyers, including Pakistan.
The name of the official – who has held a series of top government posts – is known to The Sunday Times. He strongly denies the claims.
However, Edmonds said: “He was aiding foreign operatives against US interests by passing them highly classified information, not only from the State Department but also from the Pentagon, in exchange for money, position and political objectives.”
She claims that the FBI was also gathering evidence against senior Pentagon officials – including household names – who were aiding foreign agents. " Sunday Times (UK) on line.
I missed this when it was in the press. My thanks to "sixpacksongs" in Texas for bringing it to my attention.
"one well-known senior official in the US State Department." We haven’t had that kind of language used about spies at Foggy Bottom since the ’50s. There is no doubt that the activity described concerning this "senior official" would constitute espionage under the law and perhaps treason as well, the country being effectively at war these last years. The name? I could guess but I won’t, not here.
"evidence against senior Pentagon officials – including household names – who were aiding foreign agents." This is not much of a surprise. We have now had the case of Larry Franklin, and the two AIPAC men. None of that is "finished" as yet. My sense of it is that the FBI and the prosecutorial team are still "milking" Franklin and will continue that until they have what there is to have. Then he will know his true fate. In my opinion Franklin is a dim bulb who was successfully used by "senior Pentagon officials " I told the government that when asked. The FBI has, for decades, amassed a vast amount of evidence against such foreign spies in the US government. Political pressure prevented prosecutions during earlier administrations but something has changed now. My surmise is that "the Bureau" has acquired some evidentiary leverage that allows them to proceed.
There are a number of countries sponsoring espionage against the US government. Espionage is a felonious crime in the US whether it is on behalf of a "friendly" state or an enemy. Some people think that unauthorized delivery of US classified information to a US national is not espionage. They are mistaken. One could be charged with a lesser crime, but that is at the option of the government. pl