“The study was instrumental in persuading some top-ranking Reagan Administration policy makers to begin considering covert contacts with Iranian leaders. It eventually led to the covert sale of United States weapons to Teheran in what became the Iran-contra affair.”
New York Time, 15 February 1988
In a recent post, I discussed former CIA Director James Woolsey’s allegation that Flynn Intel Group had met with high level Turkish Officials to ‘explore’ non-judicial extradition of Gulen to Turkey. A reader posted a very interesting comment which is worth being discussed. But first, a bit of ‘ancient History’… Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
THE FULLER MEMORANDUM – MAY 1985
“Mr. Fuller’s name came to public attention last year when it was disclosed that he was the author of a ‘think piece’ circulated in the intelligence community in May 1985 suggesting the possibility of pursuing openings in Iran.
“The study was instrumental in persuading some top-ranking Reagan Administration policy makers to begin considering covert contacts with Iranian leaders. It eventually led to the covert sale of United States weapons to Teheran in what became the Iran-contra affair. [New York Time, 15 February 1988]
MEMORANDUM FOR: Director of Central Intelligence – Deputy Director of Central Intelligence
FROM: Graham E. Fuller — National Intelligence Officer for NESA
SUBJECT: Toward a Policy on Iran
MEMORANDUM_1985_GFULLER — CIA Official website
Why it still matters?
I hope I will be able to comment on this a bit deeper. For now, I will just say that it sent all the wrong messages to Tehran. At the same time, it turned Libya into an easy ‘culprit’ for all the crimes the US and some of its European allies did not wish to really solve. FULL STOP. And now back to Gulen and the current crisis.
In a recent post, I discussed former CIA Director James Woolsey’s allegation that Flynn Intel Group had met with high level Turkish Officials to ‘explore’ non-judicial extradition of Gulen to Turkey.
A reader [REDDIT/Intelligence] posted a very interesting comment which I repost below in full. Why? Here is the spoiler!
“Sibel Edmonds claimed that the key link between Fethullah Gülen and his movement with the CIA was Graham Fuller.”
Comment from a reader [REDDIT/Intelligence]
Just a small observation on this:
August 15 2016 — Presidential Candidate Donald Trump tweets: “I’ve got fresh evidence 13 CIA senior officers helped in Turkey Failed Coup. I will divulge the names in the coming days.”
I’m the polar opposite of a Trump partisan, but I don’t find this claim far-fetched in the slightest. Here’s a little source material as to why:
Sibel Edmonds claimed that the key link between Fethullah Gülen and his movement with the CIA was Graham Fuller, a prominent intelligence analyst at the RAND Corporation, former CIA station chief in Kabul and Vice President of the National Intelligence Council.
Although he dismissed the allegations about the role of Gülen’s schools in hiding CIA operatives, Fuller admitted that he provided a reference to Gülen at the time the US immigration authorities planned to expel him in 2006. Fuller wrote a letter to the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security in defence of Gülen. Fuller wrote that he believed Gülen was not a threat to America. Due to this support, Gülen was allowed to stay in the United States.
From an interview with William Enghdahl conducted by journalist Deniz Ülkütekin of Turkey’s Cumhuriyet:
“Was the relationship between Gulen and the CIA depending on both parties’ benefits? If so what were their benefits? How did CIA support Gulen to develop and grow his foundation?
“WE: Yes, clearly. For the Gülen Cemaat it enabled a vast business empire to be created which gained more and more influence by placing its people inside the police, the courts and education ministry. He could build his recruiting schools across Central Asia with CIA support. In the USA and Europe, CIA-influenced media like CNN gave him beautiful free publicity to overcome opposition to open his schools across America. For the CIA it was one more tool to destroy not only an independent secular Kemalist Turkey, but to advance their Afghan drug trade worldwide and to use Gülen’s people to destabilize opponent regimes that CIA network in Washington, the “deep state” wanted to get rid of.
Sibel Edmonds, former FBI Turkish translator and “whistleblower,” named Abramowitz, along with Graham E. Fuller, as part of a dark cabal within the US Government that she discovered were using networks out of Turkey to advance a criminal “deep state” agenda across the Turkic world, from Istanbul into China. The network that she documented included significant involvement in heroin trafficking out of Afghanistan.
Graham E. Fuller had been immersed in the CIA’s activities in steering Mujahideen and other political Islamic organizations since the 1980s. He spent 20 years as CIA operations officer in Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Afghanistan, and was one of the CIA’s early advocates of using the Muslim Brotherhood and similar Islamist organizations like Gülen Cemaat to advance US foreign policy.
So yeah, if Flynn claimed he could get to Gulen for extradition? He’s got all the right fucking connections to make it happen. If Gulen outlived his utility to the CIA, I’m sure they wouldn’t hesitate to act expediently within their new geopolitical constellation of interests and sell him straight up the river.
After all, it wouldn’t be the first time something like that happened, now would it. Also relevant: it’s obvious Mike Flynn outlived his utility to the establishment and is now paying the price all puppets and pawns eventually pay, one way or another. Liabilities and public embarrassments tend not to last long.
Beyond that? Who knows, but I suspect things are about to get profoundly ugly.
My response: ‘Yes: Things are about to get profoundly ugly”
1) About the coup — July 15 2016 — Attempted coup in Turkey. Ankara claims Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the US since 1999, masterminded the failed putsch. Extradition requested. Turkey Coup: “CIA Plotters’ Meeting” in Büyükada
Although I did not believe that the individuals were involved in the coup, I wrote to every single one of them. Not one replied. I also asked Fuller if he attended this meeting. No reply.
2) Fuller and Gulen — The link is indeed very clear
3) Fuller and the Boston Bombers — Freaky coincidence?
After the Boston Marathon bombing, it was revealed that Fuller’s daughter Samantha Ankara Fuller (married Tsarnaev) was married in the 1990s to Ruslan Tsarni (born Tsarnaev), the uncle of the perpetrators Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. They divorced on 26 April 1999, in Orange County, North Carolina. Ruslan Tsarni worked for companies connected to Halliburton. He was also a consultant for a company contracted by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan [Wikipedia]
4) Woolsey’s interview — Did you notice that the former CIA Director acknowledges that he had spent several months in Turkey prior to the attempted coup? (Around 4’33 in the WSJ Interview). Also, to this day, not a single journalist has asked Woosley to identify the people he met during this infamous September 19 meeting. This is less than 60″ of work. Why not? The Turkish officials are Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak who is the son-in-law of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
5) Flynn’s story — It simply does not make any sense. I will venture a ‘wild speculation’. Woolsey reported the meeting to Joe Biden who immediately requested an investigation. The FBI requested the authorization to wiretap Flynn and received it very soon, perhaps in october 2016. While eavesdropping on Flynn, they picked up the Russian Ambassador, and most members of the Trump’s cabinet as well as the President-elect himself.
PS: Did you know that Flynn was also paid by Kaspersky Lab? The top cyber-investigator of that company is now sitting in a russian jail on charges of Treason with 4 FSB officers. They are suspected of passing classsified information to the CIA. (Quite possibly related to the servers used to hack some US sites during the 2016 presidential campaign.) Confusing?
MEMORANDUM_1985_GFULLER — CIA Official website
THE FULLER MEMORANDUM – May 1985. Why it still matters.