In December 2011, Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai pled guilty to conspiracy and tax violations concerning an illegal transfer of “at least $3.5 million from the government of Pakistan to fund [Fai’s] lobbying efforts in America.” This plea comes after Fai successfully infiltrated “Capitol Hill and the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations” on behalf of Pakistan’s intelligence service and continually covered his tracks with donations to politicians with whom he wanted face-time.
As PJ Media’s Patrick Poole reports, in 2007 alone, Fai had “33 meetings with members of Congress, congressional staff, the Bush administration’s National Security Council, and the State Department.” He has led congressional delegations to the region of Kashmir, under the guise of “raising the level of knowledge in the United States about the struggle of the Kashmiri people for self-determination.”
At the time, he claimed the monies for these trips came from Americans who shared his feigned concern over the plight of Kashmir. However, it eventually became known that Fai’s monies were provided in large part by Pakistan’s intelligence service, and that Fai’s role was actually to secure influence and access for the same with the “Executive Branch, State Dept, DOD, White House, Media, Think Tanks, Congress, and U.N.”
In his report, Poole raises two questions that deserve answers now: 1. How can a Pakistani operative successfully move in and out of the highest echelons of the U.S. government over the course of 20 years before being found out? 2. Why hasn’t the mainstream media jumped all over this story? (After all, it provides them with an angle by which to lambaste the Bush administration.)
There has to be more to the story.