Ilhan Omar Accused of Committing Espionage
Ilhan Omar, the Somali American member of Congress from the state of Minnesota, has been accused of a great many things. She is charged with marrying her own brother as part of an immigration fraud scheme. She is suspected of violating campaign finance laws in order to enrich her married lover. She has certainly made a number of anti-Semitic statements.
Now we can add to that bill of particulars, espionage, a crime that if proven would send Omar away for a great many years. A Florida court has been told that the congresswoman passed secrets to Qatar which sent them along to Iran.
The Washington Examiner has the details, including Omar’s denials.
“Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota congresswoman, has said she is the victim of Saudi propaganda after she was accused of being a ‘Qatari asset’ and conduit to Iran during a Florida court case.
“Kuwaiti-born Canadian businessman Alan Bender testified in the recent trial of Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad al Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family who is accused of ordering his American bodyguard to murder two people and of holding an American citizen hostage. His deposition was obtained by Saudi-funded outlet Al Arabiya English, which reported the allegations Monday.”
A representative for Omar has denied the allegation and suggested that the congresswoman is the victim of a Saudi disinformation program. Bender is said to have some ties to the Saudi royal family, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the reformist Saudi royal who has also been accused of ordering the murder of a Saudi born Washington Post reporter.
Om the one hand, Bender presented a lurid tale of Omar being recruited by Qatari intelligence even before she made the decision to run for public office, groomed as an important asset. Now that she is a member of Congress, Omar has access to government secrets that could be passed to Iran through Qatari Intelligence. The story reads like a version of “The Manchurian Candidate,” of a young woman being cultivated an intelligence asset and then, perhaps, encouraged to run for public office to that her value would be enhanced.
The Jerusalem Post reports that Omar was encouraged to recruit other politicians and that she has “sworn allegiance” to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Israeli newspaper also reports that Bender has claimed:
“- That, according to Bender, Qatar aimed to ‘take down’ Imam Tawhidi, known as the Imam of Peace, for his criticism of Omar, using their contacts in American newspapers to publish smear stories that would lead to legal charges against the Imam.
“- That Qatar’s alleged assets include politicians on both sides of the House and journalists.
“- And that Senior Advisor to the President of the United States Jared Kushner is also alleged to have taken money from Qatar.”
Kushner, who is Jewish and President Trump’s son-in-law, has advised the president on Middle East peace efforts. Bender also named Linda Sarsour, an anti-Israeli political activist and a supporter of presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont. Sarsour and Omar have been accused of being secret members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
A number of journalists have pointed out a flaw to the accusations; that not a shred of evidence exists that the story is true, outside what Bender told the court of Florida. His ties to the Saudis buttress the theory that Omar is the victim of a disinformation campaign being conducted out of Riyad.
The Clarion Project, an organization that is dedicated to exposing Islamic extremism, has also cast considerable doubt on Bender’s claims. The organization quotes a number of sources that suggest that there is nothing to the story. David Steinberg, is PJ Media, tweeted:
“Many of you have contacted me about the @IlhanMN/Qatar connection alleged in a Florida court proceeding.
“No source of mine has ever mentioned anything about this. I have seen nothing verifiable. I could not be more skeptical of the story’s veracity.”
The accusation that Ilhan Omar is a spy and the pushback against it from sources that take a dim view of the congresswoman’s proven activities raises an interesting question. Why would Saudi Intelligence conduct a disinformation campaign that posits a conspiracy that includes not only the fierce Islamist Congresswoman Omar but the president’s Jewish son-in-law and advisor? The story behind that alleged campaign might be more interesting than the tale of a Qatari spy ring with a reach in both the legislative and executive branches of the United States government.