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Clinton Order to FBI Helped Suspect in Olympic Bombing

Monday, 09 June 2003 12:00 AM

Those dots were connected during a NewMax.com interview with former FBI agent Gary Aldrich.

Aldrich, who in 1996 blew the whistle on security violations at the Clinton White House and was promptly blacklisted by the Clinton toadies in the mainstream media, is about to rattle more cages in the liberal establishment with his new book, “Thunder on the Left.”

After five years on the lam, Rudolph was recently nabbed in North Carolina. He was ordered to stand trial in Alabama for a Birmingham bombing in 1998. He is also accused in the 1996 bombing of the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. It is the latter crime that is a focus of Aldrich’s book.

“Consider what happened in Atlanta,” he writes. “[A] bomb killed and maimed citizens after someone left a backpack bomb in a public square. The Clinton administration ordered a joint task-force to investigate this horrible crime, and the FBI was ordered to work with state and local officers, as well as many federal agencies, including the ATF," the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.

“Within a very short time,” Aldrich continues, “a suspect was developed and the FBI turned its laser focus” in the direction of a man (not Rudolph) who turned out to be innocent.

But the Reno Justice Department bulled its way through the case, prodded by a president whose political fortunes took precedence over the wrecked life of an innocent man. Somebody, anybody, had to take the hit.

Here’s something that an experienced G-man such as Aldrich would know, but about which a political animal such as Clinton, hungering for election-year credit as a crime fighter, would not have a clue:

“[W]hen the FBI shuns the locals offers of help and mutual cooperation, there may be a good reason,” according to Aldrich.

“It’s one thing to give key information to somebody you know and trust. It’s quite another thing to trust that your most important case is safe in the hands of a stranger - badge or no badge.”

For days, the national media, having been tipped that the initial suspect could in fact be the bomber, focused their attention on him and turned his life into a living nightmare. His reputation was ruined, “and no matter how much time goes by,” adds Aldrich, the Atlanta bombing can never be mentioned without including that innocent man’s name in the same breath (which is why NewsMax.com will not repeat his name in this report).

The problem, says the veteran FBI man, is there is “not a shred of evidence that the FBI was responsible for this leak. More importantly (and this is key) “it is well known there were thousands of local, state and federal law enforcement officers involved in the investigation, not to mention dozens of prosecutors and quite a few politicians as well.”

Aldrich laments that the FBI nonetheless “got the blame for this very damaging leak” responsible for “ruining” an innocent man’s life.

A NewsMax reporter, then working in the mainstream media, recalls a colleague expressing outrage that a rival network agreed to pay the man in damages because “after all, they got it from the FBI.”

Now, another man, Eric Rudolph is in the dock after hiding out in the wilderness for years. Under the law, he too is innocent until proven guilty. But if he is the right man, it raises a question: Could Rudolph have been caught earlier, before he had a chance to commit other deadly acts of violence, if only a loose-lipped “source” had not sent the media on a wild chase?

“I think there’s a good possibility he could have been arrested beforehand,” Aldrich told NewsMax. He said the bureau likely would have kept the information closer to its vest until its agents were certain they had their man.

Aldrich faults Clinton for speeding the investigation at the expense of accuracy.

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