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A Spy for Israel?
Wall Street Journal ^ | September 1, 2004 | Editorial

Posted on 09/01/2004 5:27:44 AM PDT by OESY

...It's hard to see behind the veil of classification, but on current evidence this is not another Jonathan Pollard, the bona fide spy still in jail for spilling U.S. secrets to Israel in the 1980s. Nor is it part of a Zionist conspiracy run by Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith, whose photograph seems to accompany every news report.

As of this writing, no charges have been brought against Lawrence Franklin, a mid-level Pentagon analyst suspected of passing to Israel classified documents on Iran via Aipac, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Israel denies it, Aipac denies it, and Mr. Franklin is said to be cooperating with the FBI.

Our sources tell us that Mr. Franklin may have disclosed something he shouldn't have to the press some time ago. This gave the FBI the opening to force his cooperation and search his home, where they found some documents that did not belong there. If this is so, Mr. Franklin wouldn't be the first government official to break the law by taking classified material home. Former CIA director John Deutch transferred thousands of pages of secret documents to his home computer, for which he was pardoned by Bill Clinton....

The latest leaks say Mr. Franklin may be charged with mishandling classified documents, or not even charged at all. In either case, it's a far cry from CBS News's original report last Friday that "the FBI has a full-fledged espionage investigation under way and is about to -- in FBI terminology -- 'roll up' someone agents believe has been spying not for an enemy, but for Israel from within the office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon."

In its initial report, CBS went on to say: "With ties to top Pentagon officials [Deputy Secretary] Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith...."

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aipac; cia; clinton; defense; duetch; fbi; feith; franklin; iran; pollard; spy; wolfowitz

1 posted on 09/01/2004 5:27:45 AM PDT by OESY
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To: OESY

WSJ should STFU. Let the FBI do their work without political interference.


2 posted on 09/01/2004 5:48:53 AM PDT by Finalapproach29er ({about the news media} "We'll tell you any sh** you want hear" : Howard Beale --> NETWORK)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.
3 posted on 09/01/2004 6:46:31 AM PDT by SJackson (I'm glad we're doing this mission because I want to get these bastards; LCpl Ryan Voeller, Kilo 3/1)
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