FBI Attempts to Block Edmonds Testimony in Ohio Election Case; Attorneys Say Effort Insufficient to Stop Her

Sibel Edmonds

Sibel Edmonds

The BRAD BLOG has obtained both the FBI’s response to FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds’ notice of her intention to give a deposition this Saturday in response to a subpoena she received in a case before the Ohio Elections Commission (OEC). We’ve also been given exclusive access to her attorneys’ response in turn which is to be officially released later this afternoon.

The FBI stated their objection to Edmonds’ plans to testify in a two-page letter on Thursday, sent to Edmonds’ attorney Stephen Kohn, at the National Whistleblowers Legal Defense & Education Fund. Edmonds and her attorneys, however, in their own two-page letter say the objections raised so far by the agency are not sufficient to block Edmonds’ from “truthfully answer[ing] questions while under oath pursuant to a lawful subpoena” on Saturday morning in D.C. as scheduled.

SibelEdmonds_JeanSchmidt_DaTheir press release, posted by The BRAD BLOG, to be issued publicly later today, accuses the FBI and DoJ of attempting “censorship” and trying to “silence [a] whistleblower”.

As we reported in detail on Wednesday, Edmonds’ attorneys had notified the Department of Justice earlier this week, in a hand-delivered letter of declaration that she intended to testify in the pending Schmidt v. Krikorian case, about the information she has concerning infiltration of the U.S. Government by agents of Turkey. She informed the DoJ of her intentions to move forward, unless the DoJ re-invoked the “state secrets” claim that the Bush Administration had twice used to gag any public testimony, her own whistleblower suit, and all other disclosures in regard to information she was privy to during her employ as a linguistics specialist with the FBI following 9/11. So far, the DoJ has not done so.

BradFriedmanAs of this afternoon, Edmonds tells The BRAD BLOG she still “absolutely” plans to testify…

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7345

Brad Friedman

Published by the LA Progressive on August 7, 2009
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