Let Sibel Edmonds Speak: Sibel Edmonds interviewed by Electric Politics
GK: …It seems that the Turkish lobbying effort has copied the model of the Israeli Lobby
SE: Well, the Turkish lobby in the US was set up – at least the largest and most successful one – the American Turkish Council (ATC) was actually set up by the neocons. In either 1987 or 1988, Douglas Feith and Richard Perle went to Turkey and had some high-level meetings there, and then they came back to the US and they set up this lobbying firm called International Advisors Inc, IAI. It was also registered under FARA – Foreign Agents Registration Act – and they were representing the government of Turkey.
And the office of this lobby was located next to one of the main Israeli lobby groups, in the same building, on the same floor. And Richard Perle and Douglas Feith were actually working with both offices. In fact, the rent – and this was referred to in an article, I believe by the Wall Street Journal in 1993, 1994 – was paid by this particular Israeli lobby group. Then after this was exposed by the Wall Street Journal, because I believe at the time Richard Perle either had some advisory position with the Defense Department, it kind of became scandalous after the story came out, so they shut it down.