"This is the first time I've seen "60 Minutes: Lost In Translation" since it first aired in October, 2002. Some observations:Let me add a few comments:
1. The overall emphasis in the segment is on Sibel's allegations of deliberate slowdowns and incompetent translators. The issue with Turkish espionage is thrown in near the end almost as an afterthought. We now know that the espionage/bribery was the main reason Sibel blew the whistle to Grassly and Leahy: the incompetence issues were secondary concerns.
2. The segment just starts to touch on the really explosive stuff that Sibel blew the whistle about- the content of the mistranslated documents that revealed what a "Turkish intelligence officer" was up to- at 1:54 of the 3rd segment. At this point, Sibel mentions the Turkish individual is engaged in activities to obtain "the United States military and intelligence secrets"
At this point, the camera cuts away from Sibel is still speaking in mid-sentence. Here's my guess as to what Sibel told Bradley next:
"and to corrupt certain elected officials".
She also may have thrown in something about narcotics.
Hypothesizing that Sibel said something to that effect, imagine how much more explosive that 60 Minutes segment could have been.
By the way, I hear Sibel is very saddened by Bradley's death and had enormous resepect for him. I hypothesize that if Bradley would have had his way, the more explosive allegations would have been kept in the final edit."
1) much of this interview was left on the cutting-room floor.
2) sibel seems to buy into the idea (here and elsewhere) that Feghali was slowing down translations in order to increase the size of his department - i.e. a large pile of untranslated documents was the ticket to a bigger budget. this still doesn't make any sense to me.
3) much has been made of Grassley's claim that sibel is 'credible' - in this interview Grassley says 'she's absolutely credible - and the reason that she's credible is that a lot of people in the FBI have corroborated her story'
4) the story mentions Jan Dickerson - but it doesn't say that her husband works for the US military, or that he was previously suspected of being bribed when he was in Ankara. The story mentions that Jan 'now lives in Belgium' - but not that her and her husband fled the country to a NATO base.
5) the segment suggests that it was a coincidence that: 1) Jan Dickerson worked for the American Turkish Council 2) Jan Dickerson lied about the fact that she worked for the ATC 3) Jan Dickerson had friends, including her husband, at the ATC 4) Jan Dickerson 'mistranslated' wiretaps from the ATC because Dickerson was 'inexperienced.'
6) Bradley asks sibel what kind of information Dickerson left out of her translations. Sibel answered: "Activities to obtain US military and intelligence secrets"
I've been told that the corporate media won't touch Sibel's story because 60 Minutes did this story already. Are you satisfied with that?