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    Wikileaks: Turkish campaign donations to HRC



    ———- Forwarded message ———- From: *Michael Werz* <m_werz@web.de>
    Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2015
    Subject: Flagging Turkish campaign donations
    To: John Podesta <john.podesta@gmail.com>
    John, heard this second hand but more than once. Seems Erdogan faction is making substantial investments in U.S. to counter opposition (CHP, Kurds, Gulenists etc.) outreach to policymakers and USG. Am told that the Erdogan crew also tries to make inroads via donations to Democratic candidates, including yours. Two names that you should be aware of are *Mehmet Celebi* and *Ali Cinar*. Happy to elaborate on the phone, provided you are not shopping at the liquor store. M.


    Now for a bit of research on these two names, as we all ought to be “aware” of them as well, dontcha’ll think…..

    From the web page of the National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council (NDECC):

    Ali Cinar, Turkish-American

    Vice President, NDECC Communications Committee, Chair

    An American with a Turkish Heritage, Cinar has dedicated much of his life to Turkish American causes and international issues. He has served as the President of the Federation of Turkish American Associations (FTAA) , the Northeast Vice President of the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) and  was the Founding President at Global Policy Institute (GPI). Congresswoman Yvette Clarke praised Cinar’s leadership of the FTAA, noting that under his leadership, “This Federation has become a well-known and respected cultural institution in our community.” Ali Cinar has  received his B.S  from the University of Istanbul  and MBA from the University of New Haven. Cinar has earned various executive business certificates from Harvard University, MIT and New York University. He is serving as the Executive Vice President of the Turkish Heritage Organization and as a Chief Marketing Officer at Team of America Consulting firm.


    From Wikileaks:

    NDECC: 2015 Successes & 2016 Plans:




    2015: In early 2015 the DNC launched its Victory Task Force (VTF), which was charged with evaluating why Democrats lost so many races in the 2014 election cycle, and what the party needs to do moving forward to prevent that from happening again. The VTF, lead by Gov. Steve Beshear, conducted thousands of interviews and many listening tours including four regional VTF meetings in key states where Democratic experts where able to provide their input. The NDECC had representatation at each of these meetings – we provided testimony and reminded the VTF of the importance of engaging ethnic voters. The VTF’s Final Report and Action Plan was released a few weeks ago:


    We hosted an NDECC JIHM meeting at the DNC with senior staff and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Many of our NDECC Members also wrote Op-EDs sharing their immigration stories and issuing statements or hosting their own events in their communities.


    2016: The NDECC will incorporate many of the ideas mentioned in the VTF’s Action Plan and will continue to work closely with the Democratic National Committee to ensure that a) our ethnic communities and leaders are well represented in these various initiatives and b) that we share with you opportunities to be involved in implementing some of the action items, including training sessions.


    Mehmet Celebi

    This appears to be the individual referred to in the leaked email at the top of this post.

    Mr. Celebi is the Founding Partner of Baykam-RBM. Engaged in entertainment and fashion in Turkey and the region, it has undertaken several high-profile projects in Turkey on a global scale. Baykam-RBM merged into Arti Bir Group in 2010.

    Mr. Celebi now serves as the Founding Parter of Arti Bir. Arti Bir is a group of companies engaged in construction, entertainment, manufacturing and finance. The Group’s construction projects are underway in Iraq, Kuwait and in discussions for several projects in the Middle East. The Group owns Turkey’s largest live entertainment company, and is engaged in the production and financing of domestic and Hollywood films in Turkey and the region.

    Mr. Celebi has co-founded several Turkish-American organizations, and served as president or held leadership positions with a few local and national Turkish American organizations.



    Mr. Celebi was born in Syria to a Turkish mother and a Syrian father of Turkish origin, and has lived in both countries in the early part of his childhood. He moved to the U.S. in 1988 and is married with 3 sons (3, 9 and 12).



    The Dean’s International Council-the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, Member of the Board, 2008-Present


    Hillary Clinton for President Campaign-2008 Presidential Elections, Clinton Delegate/Co-Chair of Regional Finance Committee, 2006-2008


    So, Turkey is sending money to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, among others, to influence our elections, huh? 

    Wonder where Sibel Edmonds  is these days…

    From a November 1, 2009 interview with Sibel Edmonds:


    (PHILIP) GIRALDI: So the network starts with a person like Grossman in the State Department providing information that enables Turkish and Israeli intelligence officers to have access to people in Congress, who then provide classified information that winds up in the foreign embassies?

    EDMONDS: Absolutely. And we also had Pentagon officials doing the same thing. We were looking at Richard Perle and Douglas Feith. They had a list of individuals in the Pentagon broken down by access to certain types of information. Some of them would be policy related, some of them would be weapons-technology related, some of them would be nuclear-related. Perle and Feith would provide the names of those Americans, officials in the Pentagon, to Grossman, together with highly sensitive personal information: this person is a closet gay; this person has a chronic gambling issue; this person is an alcoholic. The files on the American targets would contain things like the size of their mortgages or whether they were going through divorces. One Air Force major I remember was going through a really nasty divorce and a child custody fight. They detailed all different kinds of vulnerabilities.

    GIRALDI: So they had access to their personnel files and also their security files and were illegally accessing this kind of information to give to foreign agents who exploited the vulnerabilities of these people to recruit them as sources of information?

    EDMONDS: Yes. Some of those individuals on the list were also working for the RAND Corporation. RAND ended up becoming one of the prime targets for these foreign agents.

    GIRALDI: RAND does highly classified research for the U.S. government. So they were setting up these people for recruitment as agents or as agents of influence?

    EDMONDS: Yes, and the RAND sources would be paid peanuts compared to what the information was worth when it was sold if it was not immediately useful for Turkey or Israel. They also had sources who were working in some midwestern Air Force bases. The sources would provide the information on CD’s and DVD’s. In one case, for example, a Turkish military attaché got the disc and discovered that it was something really important, so he offered it to the Pakistani ISI person at the embassy, but the price was too high. Then a Turkish contact in Chicago said he knew two Saudi businessmen in Detroit who would be very interested in this information, and they would pay the price. So the Turkish military attaché flew to Detroit with his assistant to make the sale.

    GIRALDI: We know Grossman was receiving money for services.

    EDMONDS: Yes. Sometimes he would give money to the people who were working with him, identified in phone calls on a first-name basis, whether it’s a John or a Joe. He also took care of some other people, including his contact at the New York Times. Grossman would brag, “We just fax to our people at the New York Times. They print it under their names.”

    GIRALDI: Did Feith and Perle receive any money that you know of?

    EDMONDS: No.

    GIRALDI: So they were doing favors for other reasons. Both Feith and Perle were lobbyists for Turkey and also were involved with Israel on defense contracts, including some for Northrop Grumman, which Feith represented in Israel.

    EDMONDS: They had arrangements with various companies, some of them members of the American Turkish Council. They had arrangements with Kissinger’s group, with Northrop Grumman, with former secretary of state James Baker’s group, and also with former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft.

    The monitoring of the Turks picked up contacts with Feith, Wolfowitz, and Perle in the summer of 2001, four months before 9/11. They were discussing with the Turkish ambassador in Washington an arrangement whereby the U.S. would invade Iraq and divide the country. The UK would take the south, the rest would go to the U.S. They were negotiating what Turkey required in exchange for allowing an attack from Turkish soil. The Turks were very supportive, but wanted a three-part division of Iraq to include their own occupation of the Kurdish region. The three Defense Department officials said that would be more than they could agree to, but they continued daily communications to the ambassador and his defense attaché in an attempt to convince them to help.

    Meanwhile Scowcroft, who was also the chairman of the American Turkish Council, Baker, Richard Armitage, and Grossman began negotiating separately for a possible Turkish protectorate. Nothing was decided, and then 9/11 took place.

    Scowcroft was all for invading Iraq in 2001 and even wrote a paper for the Pentagon explaining why the Turkish northern front would be essential. I know Scowcroft came off as a hero to some for saying he was against the war, but he was very much for it until his client’s conditions were not met by the Bush administration.

    GIRALDI: Armitage was deputy secretary of state at the time Scowcroft and Baker were running their own consulting firms that were doing business with Turkey. Grossman had just become undersecretary, third in the State hierarchy behind Armitage.

    You’ve previouly alluded to efforts by Grossman, as well as high-ranking officials at the Pentagon, to place Ph.D. students. Can you describe that in more detail?

    EDMONDS: The seeding operation started before Marc Grossman arrived at the State Department. The Turkish agents had a network of Turkish professors in various universities with access to government information. Their top source was a Turkish-born professor of nuclear physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was useful because MIT would place a bunch of Ph.D. or graduate-level students in various nuclear facilities like Sandia or Los Alamos, and some of them were able to work for the Air Force. He would provide the list of Ph.D. students who should get these positions. In some cases, the Turkish military attaché would ask that certain students be placed in important positions. And they were not necessarily all Turkish, but the ones they selected had struck deals with the Turkish agents to provide information in return for money. If for some reason they had difficulty getting a secuity clearance, Grossman would ensure that the State Department would arrange to clear them.

    In exchange for the information that these students would provide, they would be paid $4,000 or $5,000. And the information that was sold to the two Saudis in Detroit went for something like $350,000 or $400,000.

    GIRALDI: This corruption wasn’t confined to the State Department and the Pentagon—it infected Congress as well. You’ve named people like former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, now a registered agent of the Turkish government. In your deposition, you describe the process of breaking foreign-originated contributions into small units, $200 or less, so that the source didn’t have to be reported. Was this the primary means of influencing congressmen, or did foreign agents exploit vulnerabilities to get what they wanted using something like blackmail?

    EDMONDS: In early 1997, because of the information that the FBI was getting on the Turkish diplomatic community, the Justice Department had already started to investigate several Republican congressmen. The number-one congressman involved with the Turkish community, both in terms of providing information and doing favors, was Bob Livingston. Number-two after him was Dan Burton, and then he became number-one until Hastert became the speaker of the House. Bill Clinton’s attorney general, Janet Reno, was briefed on the investigations, and since they were Republicans, she authorized that they be continued.

    Well, as the FBI developed more information, Tom Lantos was added to this list, and then they got a lot on Douglas Feith and Richard Perle and Marc Grossman. At this point, the Justice Department said they wanted the FBI to only focus on Congress, leaving the executive branch people out of it. But the FBI agents involved wanted to continue pursuing Perle and Feith because the Israeli Embassy was also connected. Then the Monica Lewinsky scandal erupted, and everything was placed on the back burner.


    Oh, and a note to Hillary:  no one believes your shrill rants about “The Russians”.







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  • Mom Cat (15002 posts)
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    1. Great piece. Thanks for pulling this all together.

         NEVER FORGET      BERNIE WON!          
  • trudyco (1344 posts)
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    2. Wonder if Monica Lewinsky was on purpose to

    divert attention from Perle, Feith and anybody in the executive branch.

    • jdpriestly (5878 posts)
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      3. Were Perle and Feith in the executive branch during the Clinton administration?

      This article on Perle does not mention it.


      Nor does this one on Feith.


      So, Monica Lewinsky would not have been a diversion from Perle and Feith unless they were in the Bill Clinton administration.

      Perle and Feith worked for Jackson and then for Republicans.

      I realize they may be supporting Hillary, but I don’t think they were in the Bill Clinton administration when Monica Lewinsky was the scandal.

      Nevertheless, this is very serious information assuming it is true.

      No Truth!  No Trust!  Bernie or Bust!
      • seafan (532 posts)
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        6. Perle was chairman of the Defense Policy Board during the Clinton years.

        From this position ‘on the advisory committee’ to the Pentagon, Perle pushed his way into the guts of the Pentagon and heavily influenced it with his neoconservative direction with regard to its foreign policy approach to all things Middle East/Israel.  Putting pressure on President Clinton was part of the full court press.

        Like many in the neoconservative movement, Perle had long been an advocate of regime change in Iraq. In 1998 Perle led an effort known as the Project for the New American Century with close neoconservative allies Wolfowitz, Woolsey, Elliott Abrams, and John Bolton. The Project culminated in a letter sent to US President Bill Clinton calling for the military overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s regime.



        Doug Feith was also trying to influence Bill Clinton’s administration, churning out white papers in 1995, for example, on how Feith, et. al., thought Clinton ought to act re Bosnia.  And, yes, Feith was pushing for arming the Bosnians, claiming it was “key” to our exit strategy….. where have we seen this type of thinking before…

        So, yes, guys like these were on the radar of people such as Edmonds during the Clinton years.  They have never disappeared— only retreated into the shadows until they emerge again into the light.


        When Sibel Edmonds speaks, I listen.  A truthteller if ever there was one.  It’s why she has repeatedly been under gag orders against speaking out about what she knows.

        "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ----- Margaret Mead, US anthropologist, (1901 - 1978)
        • jdpriestly (5878 posts)
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          7. So Perle had an advisory position within earshot of the military leadership,

          and, yes, as Wikileaks confirms, Feith was with a think tank.

          Still, I don’t think that the Monica Lewinsky affair would have been brought to light to distract from Perle and Feith but rather that the Monica Lewinsky affair was an unrelated disclosure about Bill Clinton (not the first affair in the White House — think FDR and Kennedy and others, I’m sure — just the first in the modern age when such things are revealed).

          It’s not important really, but I think that the public just was not aware of the problems that Perle and Feith create in government.

          In other words, I doubt that the revelations about Monica Lewinsky were intended to distract from the presence and influence of Perle and Feith although it may have done so.  I think that the Iraq War may have been prepared for beginning during the Clinton administration but that a lot of wars that never happen are prepared for.

          I am not one to criticize people who theorize about conspiracies because if you look at history, conspiracies do happen.  But I think we have to be careful about judging all of the conspiracies, all of the decisions that people made in the past according to our values and historical vantage point. I think that the Clinton/Monica Lewinsky affair was probably an opportunity to change the news headlines and not a conspiracy to cover up anything like the rather peripheral influence of Perle  and Feith.  Ultimately Perle and Feith had a lot of influence, but most of it was during the Bush II administration, wasn’t it?  The conflict during the Clinton administration would have focused on the troublemakers of that era.

          The devastating and undeniable fact to me is that Perle and Feith and people like them will have increased influence in a Clinton presidency.  That thought makes me feel a little sick.  It’s very sad.

          No Truth!  No Trust!  Bernie or Bust!
  • leveymg (4389 posts)
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    4. Same script and characters, just the parties and lead actors have switched.

    Sibel and Phil are national treasures.  Virtually the only ones telling it like it is.

    • jdpriestly (5878 posts)
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      8. They are wonderful.

      No Truth!  No Trust!  Bernie or Bust!
  • FugitiveBirdie (1925 posts)
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    5. Thanks for the follow-up.

    I flagged this one on our readers thread but didn’t know the names.

  • OzoneTom (858 posts)
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    9. I would be shocked…

    …if I were to find out that this has influenced her Syrian policy in any way. I mean “intentionally.”

    Pleased to have matching hands and feet.
  • Demeter (5249 posts)
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    10. No wonder Erdogan has turned to Putin

    He’s had enough of the Crazy Clintons and their ventriloquist dummy.

    Obama promised a lot of transparency. It finally showed up.--downwinder
    • OzoneTom (858 posts)
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      11. I wonder if the expectation of unfavorable leaks…

      …leading to a break with Turkey is what was behind this:


      Pleased to have matching hands and feet.
      • Demeter (5249 posts)
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        12. Turkey's not the most stable place in the best of times

        and being American these days is not being the welcome guest it used to be.

        Obama promised a lot of transparency. It finally showed up.--downwinder
    • MistaP (8420 posts)
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      14. it's called "patron shopping"–small countries need lots of money

      http://www.salon.com/2016/11/09/the-hillary-clinton-campaign-intentionally-created-donald-trump-with-its-pied-piper-strategy/ (Third Way = Bell Curve)
  • trudyco (1344 posts)
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    13. So much for making sure there is no foreign

    influence in our policies or politics.

    We are like swiss cheese. Holes everywhere.