Vanity Fair Reports on Alleged Turkish Bribes of Hastert

If you thought that the new issue of Vanity Fair was going to be all Jennifer and Brangelina, here's a surprise. Raw Story reports:

Vanity Fair’s September edition, now out in New York but yet to hit national newsstands, packs a punch with an article about Sibel Edmonds, the FBI translator who has been gagged by the Bush Administration from revealing information about conversations she translated surrounding a seemingly major corruption scandal involving Turkish nationals and U.S. lawmakers, RAW STORY can reveal. RAW STORY acquired a copy of the article by David Rose this evening.

Here are the money quotes:

"Edmonds has given confidential testimony inside a secure Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility on several occasions: to congressional staffers, to investigators from the OIG, and to staff from the 9/11 commission," Rose continues. "Sources familiar with this testimony say that, in addition to her allegations about the Dickersons, she reported hearing Turkish wiretap targets boast that they had a covert relationship with a very senior Republican indeed—Dennis Hastert, Republican congressman from Illinois and Speak of the House since 1999. The targets reportedly discussed giving Hastert tens of thousands of dollars in surreptitious payments in exchange for political favors and information. “The Dickersons,” says one official familiar with the case, “are just the tip of the iceberg.”

"Some of the calls reportedly contained what sounded like references to large scale drug shipments and other crimes," writes Rose. "One name, however, apparently stood out—a man the Turkish callers often referred to by the nickname “Denny boy.” It was the Republican congressman from Illinois and Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert. According to some of the wiretaps, the FBI’s targets had arranged for thousands of dollars to be paid to Hastert’s campaign funds in small checks. Under Federal Election Commission rules, donations of less than $200 are not required to be itemized in public filings.

...."Edmonds reportedly added that the recordings contained repeated references to Hastert’s flip-flop in the fall of 200," Rose pens, "over an issue which remains of intense concern to the Turkish government—the continuing campaign to have Congress designate the killings of Americanians between 1915 and 1923 a genocide. For many years, attempts had been made to get the House to pass a genocide resolution, but they never god anywhere until August 2000, when Haster, as Speaker, announced that he would give it his backing and see that it received a full House vote…Thanks to Hastert, the resolution, vehemently opposed by the Turks, passed… Then on October 19, minutes before the full House vote, Hastert withdrew it. He attributed it to a letter from President Clinton.

Vanity Fair insists, however, “there is no evidence that any payment was ever made to Hastert of his campaign. Nevertheless, a senior official at the Turkish Consulate is said to have claimed in one recording that the price for Hastert to withdraw the resolution would have been at least $50,000.”

Hastert denies the allegations.

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    " Hastert denies the allegations." I'm sure he does.

    Re: Vanity Fair Reports on Alleged Turkish Bribes (none / 0) (#2)
    by Randinho on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:54 PM EST
    It will be interesting to see how this shakes out.

    Re: Vanity Fair Reports on Alleged Turkish Bribes (none / 0) (#3)
    by desertswine on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:54 PM EST
    Armenians... I suppose?

    Re: Vanity Fair Reports on Alleged Turkish Bribes (none / 0) (#4)
    by squeaky on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:01:55 PM EST
    josh marshall has the whole Vanity Fair article on his site in PDF format.