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American Arrested as Nuclear Spy for Israel
Reuters ^ | 4/22/08 | Randall Mikkelsen

Posted on 04/22/2008 12:07:37 PM PDT by anymouse

U.S. authorities arrested an American engineer on Tuesday on suspicion of giving secrets on nuclear weapons, fighter jets and air defense missiles to Israel during the 1980s, the Justice Department said.

Ben-Ami Kadish, 84, acknowledged his spying in FBI interviews and said he acted out of a belief that he was helping Israel, court papers said.

He was accused of reporting to an Israeli government handler who also dealt with Jonathan Jay Pollard, an American citizen serving a life term on a 1985 charge of spying for Israel.

Kadish's arrest is a sign the Pollard scandal, which remains an irritant in the close U.S. alliance with Israel, may have spread wider than was previously acknowledged. Kadish was arrested in New Jersey and was scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon at U.S. District Court in New York City, authorities said.

"We will be informing the Israelis of this action," State Department spokesman Tom Casey said. "Twenty-plus years ago during the Pollard case we noted that this was not the kind of behavior we would expect from friends and allies and that would remain the case today."

Kadish's lawyer, Bruce Goldstein, did not immediately return a call for comment.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Arye Mekel, asked about the arrest, said: "We know nothing about it. We heard it from the media."

Pollard pleaded guilty in 1986. Israel granted him citizenship in 1996 and acknowledged in 1998 that the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst was one of its spies. Israel has unsuccessfully sought Pollard's release.

Kadish is a Connecticut-born U.S. citizen who worked as a mechanical engineer at the U.S. Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at the Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, New Jersey.

His spying lasted roughly from 1979 to 1985, and his contact with the unnamed Israeli handler continued until March of this year, the federal complaint against him said.

The complaint said Kadish did not appear to receive any money in exchange for his suspected spying, just small gifts and restaurant meals.

Kadish, who had a security clearance, took 50 to 100 classified documents from the arsenal's library, working from a list provided by the handler identified in a federal complaint as "CC-1." The handler would then photograph the documents in Kadish's basement and Kadish would return them to the library, the complaint said.

It said one of the classified documents passed on by Kadish "contained information concerning nuclear weaponry." Israel is widely believed to have nuclear weapons but has never acknowledged it.

Another document obtained by Kadish related to "a major weapons system ... a modified version of an F-15 fighter jet that the United States had sold to another foreign country," the complaint said. It did not identify the country.

A third document contained information regarding the U.S. Patriot missile air defense system.

The complaint said Kadish maintained contact with CC-1, met him in Israel in 2004, and spoke with him by telephone on March 20 of this year, after his first FBI interview. It said the handler told him to lie to U.S. authorities: "Don't say anything ... What happened 25 years ago? You don't remember anything," the handler was quoted as saying.

The complaint said the handler worked for the Israeli government as consul for science affairs at the Israeli Consulate General in New York, from 1980 to November 1985.

During the late 1970s the handler worked for what was known at the time as Israeli Aircraft Industries, an Israeli government contractor, the complaint said. It said the handler left the United States when Pollard was arrested and has not returned.

The history appears to fit with that of Yosef Yagur, who has been publicly linked to the Pollard case. A woman who identified herself as Yagur's wife, when reached by telephone, said, "We're not speaking to journalists. Goodbye."

(Additional reporting by Arshad Mohammed, Christine Kearney in New York and Dan Williams in Jerusalem


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Israel; Technical
KEYWORDS: espionage; iran; israel; kadish; korea; nuclear; pollard; spy; syria
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To: freedomrings69
Pure conjecture. As someone who has worked for the USG for 36 years, we don't as a matter of policy spy on our close allies.

Although not the most objective of sources, this is a pretty good synopsis of the Pollard case, pro and con.

It is interesting that the government of Benjamin Netanyahu admitted that Pollard had worked for Israeli intelligence and granted him citizenship. And that the USG charged Pollard with stealing 360 cubic feet of classified secrets and Pollard confessed to stealing classifed information two to three times a day, three to four days a week.

61 posted on 04/24/2008 12:17:43 PM PDT by kabar
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To: anymouse

well this just proves that Pollard should serve out his entire sentence.


62 posted on 04/24/2008 12:26:13 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: kabar
Having just been on a jury involving a murder case, I have confidence in our judicial system.

First of all, there is more than one "judicial system" in the country. Every state has its own, consisting several levels of courts. Then the federal government has its system, with 96 districts, 12 circuits, and a SCOTUS. The mere fact that you did sit on a jury in one case and that case may have gone well does not mean that there aren't instances of injustice sometimes perpetrated, especially when you cansider the massive numbers and variety of cases dealt with on all levels and jurisdictions, both criminal and civil.

Are you questioning [Weinberger's] statement or its factual accuracy?

Until such time as Weinberger's memorandum is declassified and made available for public scrutiny, it is perfectly reasonable to question its accuracy, because we don't know its content. Furthermore, we don't even know if Weinberger himself wrote it (probably not) or even approved of it before it went to the court.

Defending Pollard is defending the indefensible.

I am not "defending" Pollard. I do not wish him to receive a pardon, but am suggesting only that his sentence be commuted to time served, becuase I believe that a life sentence in his case was disproportionately harsh.

In many ways, due to the sensitivity of his position, he is similar to Ames, Hannsen [sic], Brian Reagan, etc., who also received life sentences.

As for Ames and Hansen, yes, they shared with Pollard a position with a high level of public trust. But, IIRC, Ames and Hansen had spied for the Soviet Union. That, in general, represents a much higher level of danger to national security than spying for Israel. I am not familiar at all with the Brian Reagan case.

63 posted on 04/24/2008 2:31:30 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

http://cicentre.com/Documents/DOC_Brian_Patrick_Regan_Death_Penalty_Notification.htm

Again their case is flawed. Regan (not Reagan) spied for Iraq and Lybia, hardly in the same class as Israel. If they were serious about making their case, they would find us someone who spied for an ally, such as Taiwan, South Korea, etc. who was put in prison for life. Instead they keep coming up with people who spied for enemies. They use the Rosenbergs, Hansen, Ames, etc. Find me the guy who has been in prison for over 20 years for spying for Canada and I will concede defeat.


64 posted on 04/24/2008 2:43:21 PM PDT by freedomrings69
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To: justiceseeker93
Until such time as Weinberger's memorandum is declassified and made available for public scrutiny, it is perfectly reasonable to question its accuracy, because we don't know its content.

I will trust the USG and Weinberger over Pollard.

I am not "defending" Pollard. I do not wish him to receive a pardon, but am suggesting only that his sentence be commuted to time served, becuase I believe that a life sentence in his case was disproportionately harsh.

Pollard's supporters in the United States also routinely request that he be pardoned. President Clinton reportedly considered a pardon, but defense and intelligence agency officials have vigorously opposed the idea. At the end of Clinton's term, the issue was again raised and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), chairman of the Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence, along with a majority of senators argued against a pardon. "Mr. Pollard is a convicted spy who put our national security at risk and endangered the lives of our intelligence officers," Shelby said. “There not terms strong enough to express my belief that Mr. Pollard should serve every minute of his sentence.

As for Ames and Hansen, yes, they shared with Pollard a position with a high level of public trust. But, IIRC, Ames and Hansen had spied for the Soviet Union. That, in general, represents a much higher level of danger to national security than spying for Israel.

The agent in charge of counterintelligence for the Naval Investigative Service who caught Pollard has said that he was involved in illegal activities to help countries besides Israel. Ron Olive wrote that Pollard confessed that before he spied for Israel, he passed classified information to South Africa, his civilian financial advisers and a member of the Australian Royal Navy. He also admitted passing documents to Pakistan “in the hopes it would take him on as a spy.” Olive quotes Pollard during a debriefing after he pleaded guilty saying, “If I could see it, and touch it, you can assume I got it....My only limitation was what I couldn't carry.”

Before sentencing, and in violation of the plea agreement, Pollard and his wife Anne gave defiant media interviews in which they defended their spying, and attempted to rally American Jews to their cause. In a 60 Minutes interview, Anne said, “I feel my husband and I did what we were expected to do, and what our moral obligation was as Jews, what our moral obligation was as human beings, and I have no regrets about that.”

It has often been reported that Pollard’s life sentence was the most severe prison term ever given for spying for an ally, but agent Olive says this is untrue and notes that “espionage statutes do not differentiate between adversaries and allies.”

65 posted on 04/24/2008 4:14:13 PM PDT by kabar
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To: M. Espinola
"One has to really wonder how many nuclear weapons spies are lurking in America, sent in by Iran, the Wahhabist Saudis & al-Qaida?"

We should be wondering about it from time to time, IMO. But most people avoid uncomfortable thoughts--even those whose duties include such thinking.


66 posted on 04/25/2008 1:21:55 AM PDT by familyop
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To: freedomrings69
"threatening the life of every American"

That is an excellent point and one which good and established governments should have as a capital offense. Still, it is NOT one that the US Constitution would permit. What was the law in the states in which the Rosenbergs operated?

We tried them in the wrong venue, or we need a change in the Constitution.

The Federal government has too many criminal laws -- the criminal codes under Federal jurisdiction should be either to the state in which the Federal power or authority is exercised, or to a territorial legislative body and/or governor, or to a military tribunal.

67 posted on 04/25/2008 10:40:58 AM PDT by bvw
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