Michael Springmann

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J. Michael Springmann is an American former diplomat and political analyst for Iranian state-run news channel Press TV. He was the head of the American visa bureau in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in the Reagan and former Bush administrations, from September 1987 through March 1989.[1] While stationed in Saudi Arabia, Springmann was "ordered by high level State Dept officials to issue visas to unqualified applicants". Springmann states that these applicants were terrorist recruits of Osama Bin Laden, who were being sent to the United States in order to obtain training from the CIA.[2] Springmann issued complaints to "higher authorities at several agencies", but they've been unanswered.[3] The State Department has stated that the consular officer had final authority in issuing the visas, not Springmann.[4]

From cited CBC Interview:

CBC: And when you questioned them, what would they say were their reasons for expecting to get a visa with such slight credentials? Springmann: There was one instance of two Pakistanis who came to me, and they wanted to get to an American auto parts trade show. They couldn't name the show, and they couldn't name the city in which it was going to be held. And then the case officer came over and called me on the phone, and said, "Give them a visa". I said "No, it doesn't wash". "Well, we need it, I'm sorry." Then he went to the head of the consular section and got me overruled, and they got their visas. But when I complained to the powers in the consulate, and the people in Riyadh, I was told to keep quiet, that there was reasons for doing this, that it wasn't a case of my poor judgment, it was this and it was that. This simply fueled my suspicions that something untoward was going on.

Following Springmann's complaints, he was fired by the State Department.[5]

Other writings[edit]

Springman is also the author of "Goodbye, Europe? Hello, chaos?: Merkel's migrant bomb" in which he argues that "US foreign policy created the crisis. Destabilizing nations through invasion and espionage furthers US goals in the Middle East, he argues, creating migrant waves guided northward and westward to destabilize the European Union in general and Germany in particular. Germany’s own refugee program, designed to exploit migrants as cheap labor, made US intelligence efforts all the easier." (Quoted from summary at the book's entry at Worldcat).

One can assume, that he is also the author of the academic thesis "American-Russian economic relations, 1943-1947" submitted to the Catholic University of America in 1972.

"Visas for Al Qaeda" has been translated to German and published by the rather right wing Kopp Verlag (ISBN 9783864453687, OCLC 961842708). "Goodbye, Europe? Hello, chaos?“ has been published in Spanish translation (ISBN 1984553925, OCLC 1057291061).


  • Springmann, J. Michael (2014). Visas for Al Qaeda; CIA handouts that rocked the world: an insider's view. Washington, DC: Daena Publications. pp. xviii, 263. ISBN 978-0-9909262-0-7. OCLC 1004341231.
  • Springmann, J. Michael (2017). Goodbye, Europe? Hello, chaos? : Merkel's migrant bomb. Washington, DC: Daena Publications LLC. ISBN 9780990926221. OCLC 1011422391.
  • Springmann, Michael J. (1972). American-Russian economic relations, 1943-1947 (M.A. thesis at 'Catholic University of America'). OCLC 52760807.


  1. ^ Freedberg, Sydney P. (November 25, 2001), Loopholes leave U.S. borders vulnerable, St. Petersburg Times, Michael Springmann, a consular officer in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from 1987 to 1989, said he issued more than 100 visas to unqualified applicants after pressure from his State Department bosses. "Keep the Saudis happy", Springmann said he was told, apparently because they are America's biggest supplier of crude oil. He said he later learned that visas went to terrorists recruited by the CIA and bin Laden to train in the United States for the war against the then-Soviet Union in Afghanistan.
  2. ^ "Newsnight - Has someone been sitting on the FBI?". BBC News. November 8, 2001. Archived from the original on October 11, 2002. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Reflections on the 911 Terrorist Attacks, Washington Examiner, September 10, 2011, Michael Springmann, former head of the Visa Bureau at the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia said that he was repeatedly ordered by high-level State Department officials to issue visas to unqualified applicants. His complaints to higher authorities at several agencies went unanswered. In a CBC interview, he indicated that the CIA was indeed complicit in the attacks.
  4. ^ Gedda, George (July 21, 2002). "Did U.S. train Arabs to help Afghans oust Soviets?". Deseret News. Associated Press. Archived from the original on January 8, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Michael Springmann CBC Interview". CBC News. July 3, 2002. Archived from the original on January 1, 2003. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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