Smith Report 181 | 04May2011 | Bradley Smith (page 16)
AP Exclusive: FBI thought Demjanjuk evidence faked
Tue, 12 Apr 2011
BERLIN (AP) -- An FBI report kept secret for 25 years said the Soviet
Union "quite likely fabricated" evidence central to the prosecution of
John Demjanjuk -- a revelation that could help the defense as closing
arguments resume Wednesday in the retired Ohio auto worker's Nazi war
crimes trial in Germany.
The newly declassified FBI field office report, obtained by The
Associated Press, casts doubt on the authenticity of a Nazi ID card
that is the key piece of evidence in allegations that Demjanjuk served
as a guard at the Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland.
Throughout three decades of U.S. hearings, an extradition, a death
sentence followed by acquittal in Israel, a deportation and now a trial
in Munich, the arguments have relied heavily on the photo ID from an SS
training camp that indicates Demjanjuk was sent to Sobibor.
Claims that the card and other evidence against Demjanjuk are Soviet
forgeries have repeatedly been made by Demjanjuk's defense attorneys.
However, the FBI report provides the first known confirmation that
American investigators had similar doubts.
"Justice is ill-served in the prosecution of an American citizen on
evidence which is not only normally inadmissible in a court of law, but
based on evidence and allegations quite likely fabricated by the KGB,"
the FBI's Cleveland field office said in the 1985 report, four years
after the Soviets had shown U.S. investigators the card.
It was the height of the Cold War at the time, and the ID card from the
Nazi's Trawniki training camp had not been as closely examined by
Western experts as it has been today. Since then it has been
scrutinized and validated by courts in the U.S., Israel and Germany --
though experts at the current trial left room for doubt, with one
conceding that a counterfeiter with the right materials could have
forged the card and other documents.
The FBI agents argued that the Soviets had an interest in faking the
documents as part of a campaign to smear anti-communist émigrés. Those
conclusions contradict the findings of another branch of the Department
of Justice, the Office of Special Investigations, or OSI, which was in
charge of the overall Demjanjuk probe.
A quarter-century later, Demjanjuk, now 90, is standing trial in Munich
on 28,060 counts of acces-sory to murder, which he denies. A verdict is
expected within a month
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This AP story goes on for another 1,300 words. And that's only the
beginning of a story that will go viral throughout the West. David
Merlin, representing CODOH, has already faxed the German consulate in
Los Angeles, noting:
"The Office of Special Investigations has a history of faking evidence
and concealing facts favorable to its targets. It would be most
unfortunate if the German Courts put any faith in evidence produced
either by the Soviets or the OSI.
"Clearly Mr. Demjanjuk should be given help in clearing his name."
We expect this to become a CODOH campaign to
FREE JOHN DEMJANJUK NOW!
This new -- major -- turn with the Demjanjuk epic came up only last
week. I had expected to use this page to tell a couple tales here,
including briefing you on what we are planning to do with radio
talk-show host Michael Savage via YouTube. He won't like it, but I
think you will.