Don't Shoot the Translator

Friday, May 21, 2004

In a closed session with the 9/11 Commission, a former FBI translator named Sibel Edmonds reportedly made an explosive charge. She described documents that crossed her desk in the summer of 2001, detailing plans for an Al Qaeda attack on U.S. skyscrapers with hijacked airplanes. Her allegations were picked up by news media throughout the world, but hardly at all in the U.S. And the Justice Department is doing its best to keep it that way. It has blocked Edmonds from testifying in a 9/11-related lawsuit, and this week took the rare step of retroactively classifying records about her given to Congress two years ago. Bob talks to washingtonpost.com staff writer Jefferson Morley about the Edmonds story.

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