Fred Burks Featured On Wall Street Journal Front Page

Website Founder Fred Burks Featured On Wall Street Journal Front Page
Feb. 26, 2005

Dear friends,
Shortly after returning home from my week of fame in Indonesia last month, two Wall Street Journal reporters contacted me by phone from Indonesia, where they were covering the tsunami story. Interviewing me for over two hours, these inquisitive journalists were interested not only in the testimony I had given in Indonesia’s most prominent trial, but also in the Internet work in which I’m involved. They later called my former State Department supervisors and continued for several weeks to send me numerous emails asking very detailed questions about my life and work.

Fred Burks
Fred Burks

Having assumed the article would be buried somewhere in a middle section, I was amazed on Tuesday morning to find both a long article and a drawing of myself published on the front page of this most distinguished paper! Besides the obvious hook of my testimony as a presidential interpreter in the terrorism trial, the two journalists and their editors may have been impressed with my openness and my deep commitment to building a brighter future for us all.

Because my testimony revealed high-level government deception, I fully expected that parts of the article would question my integrity. Yet this very well-written piece also provides numerous quotes and comments which are quite supportive. I am particularly pleased at the inclusion of three empowering websites I manage:,, and Many thanks to Andrew Higgins and Jay Solomon for all of their great work in researching and writing this piece. I’ve highlighted key sections in the copy of the article below, though you can also see the original at either of the links given.

My deepest, unwavering commitment in life is this: “I will do my best to choose what’s best for all of us.” I also continually open to divine guidance in all aspects of my life. I know that it is these deep life intentions which brought me to the front page of the Journal and continue to bring countless miracles and blessings into my life. For those interested in more, you can read a short, inspiring essay titled Simple Keys to a Fuller Life, which I wrote several years ago as an expression of gratitude for all I’ve been given in my life. I have no doubt that as we get clear on our deepest intentions in life, every one of us can make a big difference in the world. Thank you for caring, and may you have a wonderful day and week ahead!

With very best wishes,
Fred Burks for the team

Note from Fred:
For those interested in more on my testimony and related articles in the media:
BBC article on my recent court testimony
Boston Globe on same
My description of the secret meeting, written in 2002
Stories from my experiences interpreting
My resignation from State Dept. due to excessive secrecy
Washington Post on resignation
If above Washington Post link on my resignation doesn’t work

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