BFP Exclusive- Bruce Fein: A Bad Penny That Is Always Turning Up

The Many Hats of Washington’s Favorite Rat- A Lobbyist, A Presidential Campaign Advisor, A Snitch, An Attorney, A Civil-Rights Activist …You Name It!

In a recent disclosure to the Huffington Post NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said the media have been “misled” by associates of his father, attorney and lobbyist Bruce Fein and his wife Mattie Fein who have been circulating “false” claims about his situation.

It has come to my attention that news organizations seeking information regarding my current situation have, due to the difficulty in contacting me directly, been misled by individuals associated with my father into printing false claims about my situation,” read the text of the message purportedly sent by the younger Snowden.

Neither my father, his lawyer Bruce Fein, nor his wife Mattie Fein represent me in any way,” the message stated. “None of them have been or are involved in my current situation, and this will not change in the future.

Bruce Fein has been representing Edward Snowden’s father, Lon Snowden, while his infamous wife, Mattie Fein, has been a constantly present information (or misinformation) source for the media on Lon Snowden’s status, plans, and supposed communications with his son.

Additionally, there seems to be a competitive conflict surfacing between Lon Snowden’s attorney Bruce Fein and Glenn Greenwald, who  was among the first to publicize Edward Snowden’s leaks:

Mattie Fein told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday that the father’s legal team “doesn’t trust the intentions” of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald who broke the first of the stories on the NSA surveillance programs following contacts with Edward Snowden.

A source close to the case told RIA Novosti on Thursday that the conversation earlier this week on an encrypted internet chat service between Lon Snowden and his son had been carried out against the wishes and advice of Lon Snowden’s lawyers.

Fein claims Greenwald has been trying to shop around an exclusive interview with Snowden for seven figures (read: a deal over a million dollars). Greenwald hasn’t been exactly denying this allegation but characterizing it as "defamatory."

Since the surfacing of these recent developments the entire mainstream media and the alternative blogs have been focusing on what is being claimed or denied, and the back and forth he-said-she-said reportage. However, no one is looking at who really are these new actors who have recently surfaced as players in the ongoing NSA whistleblower’s saga. No one is investigating the backgrounds of two rats who have long been members of Washington’s Rat-Pack. 

Let’s begin with Bruce Fein. Who is he? An initial surface search would produce the following titles: A lobbyist, A Foreign Agent, An Active Neocon Member of the American Enterprise Institute, A Presidential Campaign Advisor to a Libertarian Candidate, An Attorney, A Civil-Rights Advocate, A Darling of the New York Times and Washington Post, A Known and ever-present Figure within the Israel Lobby … and now, mysteriously connected to the biggest US whistleblower case of our time.

Okay. That’s only the surface- more than enough to raise eyebrows but far less than what is needed to introduce a crusty Washington rat.

You see I began writing and reporting about Bruce Fein and Mattie Fein a while ago-while it was highly unpopular to expose and criticize the couple as members of Washington’s Rat-Pack. At the time Bruce Fein was posing as a Civil-Liberties advocate and had aligned himself with the Ron Paul campaign as a legal advisor.

Don’t take me wrong. In my multi-part exposé I did not get into massive FBI investigative files on Bruce Fein and his associates involved with one of the biggest foreign criminal networks in the United States. If I had done that I’d either be in a cell next to John Kiriakou, or, in hiding somewhere in Venezuela awaiting a new citizenship.

No. I did not do that. Not that doing so would have made any difference in a nation now so inflicted with a severe case of indifference.

What I did was to write a series on Bruce Fein based on facts - nothing but well-established facts. I also urged the Ron Paul 2012 Campaign to distance itself from the crusty weasel tasked with penetrating and corrupting his campaign from within. Short of begging I did my best.

I encourage you to visit the series to know the real Bruce Fein: Click Here and read about this multi-hat Washington Rat with all the supporting links and documents that go with it. Allow me to provide you with a bit of an appetizer sampler- this from August 2011 (exactly two years ago):

Who ‘Really’ Is this Bruce Fein?

He has been a crusty foreign lobbyist making millions of dollars peddling his foreign bosses’ interests and influence in Congress and government agencies. For Fein it has never mattered who the foreign client or what their agenda. He does not care whether his foreign clients are criminals or terrorists or dictators. As long as they pay him handsomely he’ll sell their agenda and interest no matter what they may be. The words ‘principle’ or ‘taking a stand’ have never entered this foreign lobbyist’s dictionary or comprehension: One minute, on behalf of one set of his foreign designated ‘terrorist’ bosses, Bruce Fein is busy selling the need for a genocide declaration by the US Congress against one nation

The next minute, on behalf of another well-known foreign mob boss, Bruce Fein is busy peddling influence and selling Congress his foreign bosses’ anti-genocide agenda:

“In 2007, Ayasli transferred $30 million in stock to fund a new endeavor, the nonprofit Turkish Coalition of America. The organization is headquartered in a Washington suite that has also been listed as the address for the Turkish Coalition USA PAC, the lobbying firm of Lydia Borland (who has represented the Turkish government), and the law firm of Bruce Fein and Associates (Fein comprises half of the Turkish American Legal Defense Fund)…”

Bruce Fein sees no problem with representing foreign groups like this: Fein hit the jackpot in 1991 when he signed on to represent Mozambique’s notorious guerrilla army, RENAMO, which was seeking to overthrow its country’s leftist government. When Fein came on board, RENAMO’s reputation has hit bottom… … Even the Reagan and Bush administrations kept their distance from RENAMO, despite their anti-Communist rhetoric

Fein, however, eagerly signed up to flack for Dhlakama’s terror army. Like most foreign lobbyists, he bilked his client for huge sums of money while performing virtually no work.

Here is another on-the-spot description of Real Bruce Fein as a crusty “Beltway Prostitute”: “Well, well, well. Wasn’t Bruce Fein just recently condemning the Government of Sri Lanka for trying to put an end to the LTTE? But this time he’s defending a sovereign government for protecting itself – rather than slandering it using falsehoods. Now you see what I mean when I earlier referred to Mr. Fein as a “Beltway prostitute.” He will accept money from anyone who can pay the price – regardless of where that money came from, or who his legal and public relations services might unjustly hurt. What an embarrassment to the US legal profession.”

To read further on Bruce Fein as a Foreign Agent lobbyist for Pakistan, Sudan, Turkey, Tamil and several others, to read about Fein’s overt Neocon Ties & Covert Israel Pedigree, and to find out about his ethical violations as an attorney who represented disgraced congresswoman Jean Schmidt Read: Who ‘Really’ Is this Bruce Fein?

To get a flavor of Bruce Fein the Lobbyist and his past clients read this brief article: Conflict of Interest? Compatible Interests? You Tell Me!

Check this out to know a bit more about Bruce Fein the attorney with ethics problems: BFP Breaking News: Court to Order Bruce Fein Removed from Schmidt vs. Krikorian Case

Edward Snowden has his eyes open enough to see and figure out some of the traps and a few of implanted Washington Rats in action. He is smart enough to go on record and disassociate himself from the Washington-Crafted scheme and operatives. I certainly hope that he not only keeps his eyes open enough, but opens them wider and bigger. Because the Fein couple is not the only pit dug for his potential fall. There are others as we speak. Washington’s Rat-Pack does not operate with only one or two rat breeds. Their rats come in many forms, size and breeds- from attorneys to whistleblower NGOs, from journalists to civil-liberties advocates, from pseudo whistleblowers to phony congressmen…

As for Bruce Fein, for the last 12 years he has been a constantly-popping up  presence in my life. During my work at the FBI I became intimately familiar with him, his associates and operations-too familiar. Then, low and behold, he popped up again during my under-oath deposition in the Krikorian case as attorney for the disgraced Congresswoman Jean Schmidt. Fast forward a couple of years and there he was: the chief legal advisor for Congressman Ron Paul. And now here he is again: inserting himself into the case of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, posing as the representative of his father. The man is like a rotten, dirty, bad penny always turning up.

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Sibel Edmonds is the Publisher & Editor of Boiling Frogs Post and the author of the Memoir Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story. She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN Newman's Own First Amendment Award for her “commitment to preserving the free flow of information in the United States in a time of growing international isolation and increasing government secrecy” Ms. Edmonds has a MA in Public Policy and International Commerce from George Mason University, a BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology from George Washington University.

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  1. Damn interesting, Siblel, though not surprised by the cunning divide and rule tactics when beltway prostitutes see a way to exploit an event. What was it that Rahm Immanuel said about exploiting a tragedy for political gain? In Fein’s case it appears to be mammon for the most part. Snowden would be wise to make sure his press audience not be strictly U.S. based and that Snowden record all press releases for accuracy.

  2. Rose Mary says:

    “In Fein’s case it appears to be mammon for the most part.”

    His name spells globalist. “Satanic” is a better decription. As always people will present themselves as “honest”, “democratic”, “Christian”, “logical”, “lawabiding” and alike … especially if the are paid liars. When people believe them they get a kick … we are so stupid

  3. Rose Mary says:

    Why do they want to know peoples political affiliations? He we think it is to “blackmail” them. Very gullible. History tells us the answer, and that is much more sinister.

  4. Thank you and may You be protected and enabled to continue your vital work.
    Bless you

  5. Ron Paul is not a novice in Washington politics and seems a clean guy. Snowden is a hero. How come they hired this scumbag? There must be something else to his story.

  6. tonywicher says:

    I have been enlightened. All I really knew about Fein was that speech I heard at the Schiller Institute convention. He sounded kind of like Ron Paul. I don’t agree with Ron Paul’s economics but I do agree with him about other things, such as his opposition to foreign wars, his stance on personal and civil liberty and his call to audit the Fed. The Schiller Institute is truly non-partisan; maybe that’s how they also took Bruce Fein. I will pass your article on to people in the Institute who should be concerned. Thank you, Sibel.

  7. @netter, this post is about how Snowden just publicly disassociated himself with Fein and said that he did not hire him and will not. My guess is that Fein approached the father and the father hired him without consulting Snowden, but who knows.

  8. @Xicha: Right. I think the vultures used the fathers naivety, and have been using it since. If you go back and listen to all the MSM interviews Fein has been giving on Snowden (with the father at his side) you’ll see how he’s been plating poison … urging Snowden to come back and turn himslef in, saying how wrong Snowden’s action have been with his subtle weasel hints … and then using Snowden’s father to lure his son back here …

  9. … I remember how my mother tried to have me back off during the early stage of my WB’ing- basically she wanted me to go down on my knee, beg the FBI for forgiveness, and forget about the entire thing.
    Later, in Turkey, the Turkish gov tried the same with her (successfully)-she basically gave me up for security-peace.

    They could have never done that with my father- he’d be the first to back me up …throughout…

    So, I can see Lon Snowden’s mentality, naivety, and I guess, weakness that the system has been exploiting…

  10. @Rose Mary: I don’t know why but I never understand what it is you are saying. I am not saying it in a negative or positive way. But everything seems/sounds coded. My bad English? Lack of depth in philosophical coded language…?

    I guess I’ll try harder.

  11. It’s very touching and insightful that you would share that with us, Sibel. The enemy is counting on us to hide our shame – to be ashamed. But you shouldn’t be ashamed for your mother. Your well thought out understanding only empowers our fight and will hopefully mend the wounds. I wish I had a father like yours!

  12. Great article! One thing: “Lo and behold…” I think.

  13. lo is for look – we should start saying look and behold! …and see and observe and perceive and get a load of this!

  14. I am sorry, I read Snowden’s letter in haste and took his good words about his lawyers as referring to his father’s as well. Thank you, Xicha, for correcting me. The moral example of one’s family and friends are decisive for young people both for good and bad. This is something that remains inside for the rest of our lives and supports us in trying times.

  15. Rose Mary says:

    Family background: My father died after being treated for cancer – but misdiagnosed cancer according to hospital – he had 100% faith in modern medicine. My mother don’t understand the difference between wheat and wheat. For her it is all the same – WWII wheat. “GMO” makes no sense to her.

  16. metrobusman says:

    Sibel, what makes you think Ron Paul doesn’t know who Fein is? It’s impossible for me to believe he didn’t. A whole lot of love for Paul here, I wonder if he deserves it.

  17. Yes, Sibel. I read your book about how divided your family, specifically your mother, about pursuing the truth. I can only imagine what your father would have said if he had been alive during this very trying time for you. I believe with every ounce of my soul you did the right thing, not just for your country, but for your soul too. I think your dad would have been proud.

  18. tonywicher says:

    Rose Mary,
    I get the same impression as Sibel. What you say always sounds vague and only vaguely related to the subject under discussion. Therefore I never respond, just skip over it and find it slightly distracting.


    You know you’re right. There are questionable things about Ron Paul, mainly that he could be a white southern Confederate racist at heart.

  19. tonywicher says:

    Also, Ron Paul, who was thought by many of his followers to be a 9/11 truth supporter, showed his cowardice and hypocrisy on some well-documented occasions.

  20. tonywicher says:

    Not to mention that his biggest contributor in 2012 was billionaire Bilderburger Peter Thiel at a hefty 3.9 million

  21. Rose Mary says:

    No one should promote 911 as a “theory about conspiracy” = speculation, not a fact. Ron Paul was an alternative to the other elite puppets, but Tarpley/LaRouche was strongly anti-Ron Paul. Roosewelt (= LaRouche hero) and Churhill brought US into WW II by use of deception.

  22. tonywicher says:


    Good point. Think Progress is a partisan Democratic outfit. I’m sure Paul’s supporters would say that whatever TP says about Ron Paul is slander. But I think they could also be right in this case. For example, in 2004 he was the only congressman to vote against a bill commemorating the 1964 Civil Rights act. He states that Affirmative Action has not worked, and there I actually agree with him (which puts me at odds with partisan Democrats) but Affirmative Action was established by the Supreme Court in 1973 and I think it was an unwise decision. The 1964 Civil Rights Act, on the other hand, was the triumph of the Civil Rights movement over Jim Crow, over legal segregation in the South, and opposing it even in a ceremonial vote does make me suspect Paul of racism.

    Then there’s the Rosa Parks medal controversy. I really think there’s a pattern here and it isn’t just slander.
    I know, it’s the Daily Kos, but still…

    Finally, there’s his stand on the MLK holiday:

  23. I disagree with Paul’s political philosophy, but agreed with his foreign policy. He changed the conversation in the debates for the better and we should try to take away whatever positives we can without concerning ourselves about his possible motivations. I think he challenged the establishment and am not worried about whether or not that was a nefarious conspiracy.

    This reminds me of the worries that Snowden was some kind of tool being used by the establishment to scare us or something. I say we can’t know his motivations and the only facts I see are that he has documented evidence of the US government spying on everyone and he shared some of it. No matter what anyone says about his motivation, I look at those facts as a positive.

  24. Rose Mary says:

    “There are questionable things about Ron Paul, mainly that he could be a white southern Confederate racist at heart.

    The rants you are referring is from editor of a website run by 1) a main Clintonite 2) a German/Jewish 3) a Russian Jewish

    That spells the elite with “ruling class/servants/technicians,” as goal … relocating people into “smart villages”. The same elite have orchestrated genocides (holocaust level) after WW II (how many I am wondering). They should not talk about “rasism” (now there are 3 sets of laws in Israel depending upon status)

  25. tonywicher says:

    Rose Mary,

    Watch out, your anti-Semitic slip is showing.

  26. tonywicher says:

    Rose Mary, I suppose I will briefly say, though it’s getting way off topic, that Israel is undoubtedly a racist, apartheid state. Any “two state solution” is itself a racist solution. Palestine is one country and cannot be divided. The Zionists who led the Jews to Palestine led them into a trap where they may well shortly be exterminated (along with rest of the human race). There was no “war” between Hitler and the Zionists. They were both racists, and racists always understand each other. Zionists worked together with Hitler to move the Jews to Palestine. Jews not interested in going to Palestine were left to Hitler’s tender mercies in Auschwitz, etc. – the better to rouse world sympathy for the Zionist cause. Israeli Jews are captives of the Empire. Jews of my age all over the world were brainwashed with the Zionist ideology, and even the most humanitarian cannot get their heads out of the Zionist box, but there is hope that this ideology is weakening in younger Jews who might be able to negotiate a transition to a single, truly democratic Palestinian state.

  27. Rose Mary says:

    Lindsey Williams is giving a straight answer about the elite – he personally knows a lot of them. Most of them are not Jewish.

    You though Zionists were “Jewish” 😀

    The Kennedys / the Bushes / Brzezinski are not claiming themselves to be “Jewish”. They are elite – not Jewish. Then we have all the neo-nazis who wants us to believe: maybe a bit “Jewish” because they too believe the elite are “Jewish” – and if not they are not elite. Completely wrong.

    Arthur Koestler concluded easily: He himself is not what he and we are told.

    The elite is not “Jewish”. Do the elite favor Jews? Not very much, first thing they did when conquering Jerusalem was to slaughter everone, Jewish or not.

  28. Rose Mary says:

    The Kennedys were American aristocrats. They were Christians. Christian or not, that is not important, what is important is loyality, and JFK did not behave as expected. Death was punishment.

    Obama is Muslim. Muslim or not, that may be acceptable (not always), what is important is loyality. To belong to them one has to have the right kinskip in the first place. But these Luciferians don’t trust kinship that much, those eligible for leadership have to swear total allegiance, again and again. They also like their children to be brainwashed from childhood.

  29. Do you hsve any references about which Jewish literature discussed a master race more than Mein Kampf?

  30. Rose Mary says:

    They include race in the definition of Jewish in the first place, very contrary to Christianity and Islamism.

  31. I don’t get ‘antisemitic’ from rosé Mary. Besides uncle Joe Biden himself said ‘you don ‘t have to be Jewish to be Zionist” and now ain’t that a fact.
    So interesting Fein turns up again in this next key role. As if being ‘outed’ the last time wasn’t enough. The man has no shame. I keep remembering Ron P suddenly realising BORAT was setting him up with suggestive gay behaviour, and Paul’s exit. That’s a tough act to follow:)

  32. Rose Mary says:

    Wikipedia attributes “master race” to Nietzsche. But it makes little sense as being the Germans (from

    “In his writings, Nietzsche frequently spoke admiringly of Jewish history and culture in Europe. “The Jews… are beyond any doubt the strongest, toughest, and purest race now living in Europe,” he wrote in Beyond Good and Evil.”

    Hitler’s “reasoning” lack logic

  33. @Sibel Edmonds / @tonywicher:

    Rosemary never makes sense – ever. I would not advise putting too much effort into cracking her code-speak; you could hurt yourself. =)


    I still suspect that something is not quite as it seems with Snowden. The recent (and glaringly obvious) assassination of Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings adds exponentially to said suspicion. Tragically, we will now never know what Hastings was getting ready to expose in relation to: Snowden, Barrett Brown’s work, “Team Themis”, and CIA director John Brennen.

    I find extremely ominous the fact that NO media outlet (quasi-alternative or otherwise) would call it an obvious murder. Rather the popular term that most publications used was “mysterious death”. Yeah… mysterious my ass.


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