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Lost in Translation: How a Former White House Interpreter-Turned-Whistleblower Avoided Having to Sign a Confidentiality Agreement

Posted By: NaturalWisdom
Date: Wednesday, 20-Feb-2019 02:10:46
www.rumormill.news/117740

Monday night I listened to a 90-minute interview with Fred Burks who was the featured guest on an Internet radio show. Burks, who is firmly in the camp of UFO researchers and so-called conspiracy theorists, mentioned many aspects of his fascinating career, including his time as a White House interpreter, which was chronicled by two Wall Street Journal reporters in early 2005.

Lost in Translation: How Bush Interpreter Got Through Security
He Is Fluent in Indonesian, But He Also Testifies For Accused Terrorist
By ANDREW HIGGINS and JAY SOLOMON
Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
February 22, 2005; Page A1
https://www.wanttoknow.info/050226fredburkswsj

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JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Frederick Burks believes in UFOs, communes with dolphins, runs a Web site that promotes conspiracy theories about U.S. complicity in the 9/11 attacks and thinks Washington may have had a hand in blowing up bars on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

And, until last October, he had the ear of the world's most powerful man: The 46-year-old California resident worked as an interpreter for George W. Bush in the president's dealings with the leader of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Now Mr. Burks has popped up in Jakarta as a star witness for the defense in the terrorism trial of a fundamentalist Islamic cleric. "He has some anger but he's a nice old man," says Mr. Burks of Abu Bakar Baasyir, the 68-year-old preacher the U.S. believes was behind the 2002 Bali bombings. The cleric is also believed by the U.S. to be the leader of a regional terrorist network linked to al Qaeda, but he strongly denies that and, in an earlier trial in 2003, an Indonesian court cleared him of directing a terrorist outfit.

Mr. Burks's testimony, delivered last month in a south Jakarta court, turned the former White House interpreter and sometime psychiatric nurse into a national celebrity here in Indonesia. He appeared on TV, spoke at universities, and was featured in magazines and newspapers. His rock-star aura had strangers stopping him on the street when he traveled here to testify from his home in Berkeley, Calif.

But he's considerably less popular these days with his former employers in the White House and the State Department, who praise his linguistic talents but are mighty upset that he has been spilling details of supposedly confidential conversations. "He's gone off some deep end," says Stephanie Van Reigersberg, his former boss. During the years that Mr. Burks was paid to whisper into the president's ear, she headed a State Department unit that provides interpreters for State, the White House and other branches of the U.S. government.

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Click the link below to watch a 12-minute clip of Burks relating his personal story.

White House Interpreter Fred Burks on His Intriguing and Inspiring Experiences
https://www.personalgrowthcourses.net/video/fred_burks/fred_burks_12>


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