Kill the Messenger | Chicago Reader

Kill the Messenger

83 minutes 2006

This 2006 documentary for French TV centers on FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds, who was fired from the bureau's translation unit in March 2002 and subsequently claimed she'd seen evidence of money laundering, narcotics trafficking, and participation in the nuclear black market. Attorney General John Ashcroft twice invoked the State Secrets Privilege to silence Edmonds, and because she's been legally gagged, directors Mathieu Verboud and Jean-Robert Viallet fill in the blanks themselves. The documentary's second section draws on a Vanity Fair article by David Rose to charge that the bureau was infiltrated by Turkish spies, but the most explosive (and least corroborated) allegations come in the third and last section, which posits that U.S. neoconservatives conspired with Turkey and Israel to funnel nuclear technology to Pakistan.

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