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  • Defense analyst in spy case was FBI double agent

    07/28/2009 10:17:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 464+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/28/09 | Bill Gertz
    Larry Franklin, the former Pentagon analyst convicted of revealing classified information, says he worked undercover as an FBI double agent to gather information on the pro-Israel lobby in the United States before the bureau turned on him and pressured him to plead guilty to spying for Israel.
  • I am not a spy (Lawrence Franklin, AIPAC)

    07/23/2009 2:54:26 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies · 454+ views
    Haaretz ^ | Thu., July 23, 2009 | Yossi Melman
    He was arrested, subjected to humiliating interrogations, accused of spying for Israel, lived under the specter of a 13-year prison term and sold everything he owned to pay for his legal defense. But Lawrence Franklin, 63, a former senior officer in the U.S. Air Force, an intelligence expert, university professor and senior official in the U.S. administration, did not crack.
  • The AIPAC Case Fallout

    05/01/2009 5:44:03 PM PDT · by bluejay · 14 replies · 926+ views
    WSJ ^ | MAY 2, 2009 | WSJ Editorial Opinion
    The real scandal in this case starts with the attempted criminalization of policy differences and legitimate lobbying, and ends up in the wiretapping of Congress and the wrecked careers of Messrs. Rosen, Weissman and Franklin. This smacks of abuse of power, and somebody at Justice should be held to account.
  • The Justice Department’s Misbegotten AIPAC Prosecution

    03/14/2009 6:22:59 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 13 replies · 507+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 3/14/09 | clarice feldman
    From [1] time to time I’ve written about some of the more preposterous aspects of the government’s case against former AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) officers Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman. The government alleged that at a June 26, 2003, lunch, a Department of Defense employee, Lawrence Franklin, disclosed classified national defense information related to potential attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq to Rosen and Weissman, who were then employed by AIPAC. Franklin admitted that he’d told the AIPAC employees about Iranian participation in terrorism, asked them to pass the information on to the National Security Council, and sought...
  • It wasn't an NSA tap on Harman's telephone line

    04/28/2009 12:08:28 AM PDT · by Tom_Busch · 5 replies · 1,535+ views
    American Thinker Blog ^ | April 27, 2009 | Clarice Feldman
    "I knew it! The NSA was not the agency tapping Rep. Jane Harman's calls" "The NSA story never made any sense." "The only other agency that has authority to place wiretaps on calls inside the United States is the Justice Department. It requires court approval."
  • “This Is the FBI—Can We Talk?”

    01/18/2008 9:46:34 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 49 replies · 1,003+ views
    Washingtonian ^ | 01. Jan 2008 | Mark Matthews
    Keith Weissman and Steven Rosen Are PhDs and Middle East Experts Who Did Some Lobbying. They Thought They Were Doing What Washington Insiders Always Do. Thomas O’Donnell didn’t reveal his job when he phoned Keith Weissman in 2004 and got the policy analyst’s wife. He says he didn’t want to scare her. When Weissman returned the call and found out O’Donnell was an FBI agent, his first reaction was to attempt a joke: “What did I do?” “I’m sure you didn’t do anything,” O’Donnell told him. He wanted to meet that day, for five or ten minutes, and get Weissman’s...
  • Vindicating Larry Franklin ("only successful anti-leaking prosecution")

    01/19/2007 6:25:37 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 359+ views
    N.Y. Sun ^ | January 16, 2007 | ELI LAKE
    Vindicating Larry Franklin ELI LAKE January 16, 2007 When President Bush announced the new Iraq strategy Wednesday evening, acknowledging that Iran was effectively at war with us in Iraq by supplying terrorists with advanced improvised explosives, my thoughts turned to Lawrence Franklin. Nearly a year ago, Judge T.S. Ellis III, sentenced this Pentagon Iran analyst to almost 13 years in a federal prison after he pleaded guilty to discussing classified information with two former lobbyists from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The case, which is thus far the Bush administration's only successful anti-leaking prosecution, illustrates the strategic confusion of...
  • Feds Probe a Top Democrat's Relationship with AIPAC [Did Dem Violate Law To Get Appointment?]

    10/21/2006 5:40:01 AM PDT · by excludethis · 33 replies · 2,322+ views
    time.com ^ | Posted Friday, Oct. 20, 2006 | TIMOTHY J. BURGER/WASHINGTON
    <p>The case is a spin-off of a probe that has already led to charges under the Espionage Act against two AIPAC lobbyists, whose case is still pending, and to a 12-and-a-half-year prison sentence for former Defense Intelligence Agency official Lawrence A. Franklin. Franklin pleaded guilty a year ago to three felony counts involving improper disclosure and handling of classified information about the Middle East and terrorism to the two lobbyists, who in turn are accused of passing it on to a journalist and a foreign government, widely believed to be Israel. The two lobbyists, who have denied any wrongdoing but were dismissed by AIPAC in April of 2005, were indicted on felony counts of conspiring with government officials to receive classified information they were not authorized to have access to and providing national defense information to people not entitled to receive it.</p>
  • At lively hearing in AIPAC case, judge hints he could dismiss case

    04/03/2006 4:41:35 PM PDT · by veronica · 1 replies · 292+ views
    JTA.org ^ | 3-27-06 | Ron Kampeas
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 27 (JTA) — A federal judge has hinted that he might dismiss the classified-information case against two former officials of the pro-Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Hearing a defense motion for dismissal last Friday, District Judge T.S. Ellis III expressed reservations about the breadth of a never-used 1917 statute at the core of the case. Witness names suppressed in AIPAC case “What I’m really expressing discomfort about is that it’s always nice to have a clear precedent to follow,” he said. “I think we are in new, uncharted territory, so I’m going to consider...
  • Expect Journalistic Tongues to Loosen (Jack Kelly)

    03/06/2006 9:41:50 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 28 replies · 1,254+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 3-7-06 | Jack Kelly - Commentary
    March 7, 2006 Expect Journalistic Tongues to Loosen By Jack Kelly Journalists will be paying rapt attention when Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman go on trial next month for violation of the Espionage Act of 1917. Mr. Rosen and Mr. Weissman were officials of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. They received classified information from Lawrence Franklin, an analyst at the Department of Defense, which they passed on to an Israeli diplomat, and to journalists. They are the first private citizens ever to be prosecuted under the Espionage Act. Mr. Franklin pled guilty Jan. 20th and was sentenced to more than...
  • Larry Franklin and the New York Times NSA leaks

    01/24/2006 5:12:07 AM PST · by Quilla · 13 replies · 1,100+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | January 24, 2006 | Richard Baehr
    Pinch Sulzberger, meet Larry Franklin. The publisher of the New York Times had better pay attention to the fate of Mr. Franklin. Last Friday, US District Judge T. S. Ellis III sentenced Pentagon employee Larry Franklin to just over 12 years in prison for his role in providing classified Department of Defense documents to two former employees of AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee), Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, and to a diplomat, Naor Gilon of Israel. Virtually all the coverage of the sentencing focused on the implications for Rosen and Weissman in their upcoming trial. But the real...
  • Ex-Pentagon Analyst Sentenced to 12 Years

    01/20/2006 11:51:44 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 664+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/20/06 | Matthew Barakat - ap
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A former Pentagon analyst who gave classified information to an Israeli diplomat and two members of a pro- Israel lobbying group was sentenced Friday to more than 12 years in prison. Lawrence A. Franklin, 59, had worked with top Pentagon officials, including former undersecretary of defense for policy Douglas Feith, and has expertise on Iraq and Iran. He pleaded guilty in October to three felony counts in exchange for three other counts being dropped. In sentencing Franklin, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III said the facts of the case led him to believe that Franklin was motivated...
  • Spy gets 12 years in AIPAC case

    01/20/2006 11:30:40 AM PST · by rcocean · 16 replies · 573+ views
    Haaretz & AP ^ | Jan 20, 2006 | By Shmuel Rosner
    WASHINGTON - Former Pentagon analyst Larry A. Franklin was sentenced Friday to a 12 years and seven months imprisonment for passing classified information to former American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobbyists Franklin was also found guilty of sharing classified information with Israeli diplomat Naor Gilon. He was also fined $10,000. In sentencing Franklin, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III said the facts of the case led him to believe that Franklin was motivated primarily by a desire to help the United States, not harm it.
  • NYT: Pentagon Analyst Admits Sharing Secret Data (Lawrence A. Franklin)

    10/06/2005 5:52:41 AM PDT · by OESY · 11 replies · 643+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 6, 2005 | ERIC LICHTBLAU
    A senior Defense Department analyst admitted Wednesday that he shared secret military information with two pro-Israeli lobbyists and an Israeli official in an effort to create a "backchannel" to the Bush administration on Middle East policy. The analyst, Lawrence A. Franklin, pleaded guilty in federal court here to three criminal counts for improperly retaining and disclosing classified information, and he gave the first account of his motives and thinking in establishing secret liaisons with people outside the government. The offenses carry a maximum of 25 years in prison, but as part of a plea agreement, prosecutors are expected to recommend...
  • Franklin Admits: I Gave Israel Secret Material

    10/05/2005 4:48:35 PM PDT · by Cecily · 41 replies · 1,318+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | October 6, 2005 | Nathan Guttman
    Former Pentagon analyst Larry Franklin admitted in court Wednesday he passed classified information to Israeli diplomat Naor Gilon and to two former AIPAC officials, Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman. Franklin agreed in court to testify against the two AIPAC officials and to prove that he had indeed passed classified information on to them, and had told them clearly this information was classified. This was the first time that Israel was explicitly mentioned in the courtroom and that Gilon's name was disclosed. When asked by Judge T.S. Ellis whether he communicated classified information to a foreign official, Franklin replied: "I met...
  • Pentagon analyst close to guilty plea

    09/29/2005 5:56:40 PM PDT · by Gator61 · 192+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Sep 29, 2005
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal court announced on Thursday that a Pentagon analyst charged with conspiring to disclose classified defense information to two former officials of a pro-Israel lobbying group was scheduled to plead guilty but a source close to the case said no deal had yet been reached. The federal court where the case is pending said in a statement that the analyst, Lawrence Franklin, was scheduled to plead guilty to "a charge or charges" next Wednesday but did not have any details.
  • 3 Indicted for Classified Leak

    08/04/2005 6:02:39 PM PDT · by Maceman · 53 replies · 2,711+ views
    U.S. Department of Justice ^ | August 4, 2005 | Paul J. McNulty, Eastern District of Virginia
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For further information contact Alexandria, Virginia Sam Dibbley 703-842-4050 August 4, 2005 Paul McNulty, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, announced that Lawrence Anthony Franklin, age 58, of Kearneysville, WV; Steven J. Rosen, age 63, of Silver Spring, MD; and Keith Weissman, age 53, of Bethesda, MD, were indicted today by a federal grand jury sitting in Alexandria with Conspiracy to Communicate National Defense Information to Persons Not Entitled to Receive It. The indictment alleges that beginning in April of 1999, Rosen, the Director of Foreign Policy Issues for the American Israel Public Affairs...
  • Two Charged in Pentagon Information Leak

    08/04/2005 4:21:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 112 replies · 6,153+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/4/05 | Mark Sherman - AP
    WASHINGTON - Two former employees of a pro-Israel lobbying organization were charged Thursday with conspiring to obtain and disclose classified U.S. defense information for five years. A five-count indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., named Steven Rosen, formerly the director of foreign policy issues for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and Keith Weissman, the organization's former senior Iran analyst. The charges follow the indictment in June of Pentagon analyst Lawrence A. Franklin, who is accused of leaking classified military information to an Israeli official and the AIPAC employees. The lengthy FBI investigation that led to Thursday's...
  • Pentagon analyst charged with divulging secrets

    06/13/2005 3:25:09 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 907+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/13/5 | Deborah Charles
    A Defense Department analyst was charged with disclosing to a foreign diplomat classified information about a Middle Eastern country's activities in Iraq, court documents showed on Monday. Lawrence Franklin was arrested in May on charges of illegally disclosing classified defense information. An indictment returned by a federal grand jury and unsealed on Monday gave further information on the charges, including that he disclosed secret information to the diplomat. Franklin, who worked on the Iran desk within the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the time the government says he disclosed the information, was also charged with disclosing top-secret information...
  • Larry Franklin's Indictment Charges Made Public

    06/13/2005 2:54:48 PM PDT · by Cecily · 537+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 13, 2005
    Pentagon analyst Larry Franklin has been indicted on charges he leaked classified military information to employees of AIPAC, according to court papers made public Monday. The six-count indictment charges that Franklin conspired to disclose national defense and classified information to people not entitled to receive it, including information about potential attacks on US forces in Iraq.
  • The FBI's investigation of AIPAC--The big set-up

    06/01/2005 7:43:45 AM PDT · by SJackson · 31 replies · 1,002+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 6-1-05 | Rachel Neuwirth, John Landau
    The FBI's investigation of AIPAC June 1st, 2005 The extremely comfortable and secure American Jewish community is totally unaware of the deadly peril that is even now threatening the security that it takes for granted. But in the near future, this peril will become too visible and immediate to be ignored any longer. I speak of the FBI’s ongoing investigation of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee –AIPAC-- which has been ongoing for four years now and is very far from being over. A low-ranking civilian employee of the Pentagon, Larry Franklin, was formally charged on May 4 with having given...
  • Pentagon analyst faces new charge (Franklin)

    05/25/2005 5:52:22 PM PDT · by Shermy · 10 replies · 634+ views
    CNN ^ | May 24, 2005
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Pentagon analyst faces a new charge of knowingly and unlawfully possessing classified U.S. government documents at his home in West Virginia. Larry Franklin was arrested May 4 on charges that in June 2003 he provided unauthorized persons classified information regarding potential attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq. Law enforcement sources said Franklin passed along the information during a lunch with two people who at the time worked for the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobby group. The U.S. attorney's office in Martinsburg, West Virginia, filed the new charge Tuesday. It said Franklin, an employee...
  • The Franklin Arrest

    05/05/2005 3:45:33 AM PDT · by veronica · 10 replies · 881+ views
    New York Sun Staff ^ | May 5, 2005 | Staff Editorial
    When the name Lawrence Franklin first splashed onto the front pages during the Republican National Convention last August, Americans were assured by the Washington Post, the New York Times, CBS News, and others that he was a spy for Israel who would soon be arrested. News stories abounded about how this former Air Force colonel and Defense Intelligence Agency analyst might have been connected to a forgery that claimed Iraq tried to procure uranium from Niger. Or that he passed on code-word-sensitive intelligence to Ahmad Chalabi. Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat from Michigan and the ranking member of the House...
  • Former Pentagon Analyst Larry Frank in FBI Custody

    05/04/2005 5:07:34 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 17 replies · 1,076+ views
    AP ^ | 05/04/05 | vanity
    Former Pentagon DOD analyst Larry Franks has surrendered to the FBI on classified document charges. Follow link for story.
  • US man leaks secrets on Iran

    05/04/2005 7:06:08 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 12 replies · 587+ views
    news24.com ^ | May 4th, 05
    Washington - The FBI arrested a defence department analyst on Wednesday on charges that he passed classified information on Iran to employees of a pro-Israel lobbying group. Larry Franklin, 58, turned himself in on Wednesday, FBI spokesperson Debra Weierman said. He was scheduled to make an initial appearance in US district court in Virginia later in the day, Weierman said. Franklin, who specialised on Iran and Middle Eastern affairs, allegedly gave the information to two people not entitled to receive it at a meeting in June 2003. The people at the lunch were employees of the American Israel public affairs...
  • Pentagon analyst charged with disclosing secrets

    05/04/2005 9:27:30 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 152 replies · 3,962+ views
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | 4 May 2005 | Staff
    Pentagon analyst charged with disclosing secrets 13 minutes ago A Defense Department analyst was arrested on Wednesday on charges of disclosing classified information about potential attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq to two individuals with a pro-Israel lobbying group. Lawrence Franklin, 58, surrendered to the FBI and faces charges of disclosing classified U.S. national defense information to the individuals that sources said were with the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The Justice Department, in announcing the case, said that Franklin faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Franklin, a Defense Department employee since 1979, worked on the...
  • Analyst Charged With Passing Secret Info (Info on Iran was passed to Israel by Pentagon employee)

    05/04/2005 8:49:52 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 118 replies · 1,869+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI arrested a Pentagon analyst Wednesday on charges that he illegally passed classified information about potential attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq to employees of a pro-Israel group. Larry Franklin, 58, of Kearneysville, W. Va., turned himself in Wednesday morning, FBI spokeswoman Debra Weierman said. He was scheduled to make an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Virginia later Wednesday, Weierman said.Franklin, who specialized on Iran and Middle Eastern affairs, allegedly gave the information to two people not entitled to receive it at a luncheon meeting at a restaurant in Arlington, Va., in June 2003,...
  • J'lem denies 'running' Franklin

    08/29/2004 7:43:51 AM PDT · by yonif · 279+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug. 29, 2004 | HERB KEINON
    Sources in Jerusalem vehemently denied any Israeli espionage in the US, terming as an "internal US political story" the reports that a mid-level Pentagon official is under investigation for allegedly passing classified material to AIPAC, which in turn allegedly passed it on to Israel. Security sources in Israel confirmed Sunday morning that Larry Franklin, the suspected "mole" in the Pentagon, did in fact have work ties with Jerusalem, but declare that the relationship most certainly did not deviate from standard diplomatic contact, Israel Radio reported. "This is an American political story, an elections story, a pre-convention story to try to...
  • FBI setup in AIPAC case confirmed

    12/07/2004 8:14:05 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 665+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/8/4 | JANINE ZACHARIA
    WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress have expressed anger and dismay over Sunday's report in The Jerusalem Post describing how the FBI set up the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC. Plato Cacheris, the lawyer for Pentagon analyst Larry Franklin, who was used by the FBI to plant "classified" information with trusting AIPAC officials, has confirmed the accuracy of the Post's report. Cacheris added that Franklin broke off contact with the FBI because he was "disappointed in their response to his assistance." Meanwhile, Israel's ambassador to the US, Daniel Ayalon, has declined to comment on the Post's account of an AIPAC official giving the...
  • Exclusive: How FBI set up AIPAC

    12/04/2004 5:53:55 PM PST · by SmithL · 61 replies · 4,601+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/5/4 | JANINE ZACHARIA
    WASHINGTON -- AIPAC, the powerhouse pro-Israel lobby currently embroiled in allegations of spying for Israel, was set up by the FBI, The Jerusalem Post has learned. FBI agents used a courier, Pentagon analyst Larry Franklin, to draw two senior AIPAC officials who already knew him into accepting what he described to them as "classified" information, reliable government and other sources intimately familiar with the investigation have told the Post. One of the AIPAC pair then told diplomats at the Israeli Embassy in Washington about the "classified" information, which claimed Iranians were monitoring and planning to kidnap and kill Israelis operating...
  • The Washington Post and the Perfidious Jews

    09/30/2004 11:29:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 57 replies · 1,045+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | September 30, 2004 | Joel Mowbray
    Doing the dirty work of careerists at the State Department and CIA, the Washington Post has used its respected platform to besmirch the names of both public and private figures at the Pentagon and tar them with the implication of harboring dual loyalties for Israel—or worse, that they possibly acted on those supposed impulses. What did the five individuals named by the Post on September 4—who were a mix of low-level bureaucrats, high-ranking officials, and one former advisor on the Defense Policy Board—have in common? They were all Jews. That’s not all. The Post piece further explains that all “have...
  • The Spies Who Aren't

    09/20/2004 10:30:45 PM PDT · by rmlew · 12 replies · 680+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | September 17, 2004 | Joel Mowbray
    The past couple weeks have seen a swirl of anonymous allegations of supposed spying and espionage, including implications that the Pentagon civilian staff might be teeming with double agents for the Jewish state. Thing is, almost none of it is true. Beyond mishandling of classified documents—not an inconsequential offense, to be sure—every other accusation leveled by unnamed State Department and intelligence officials appears part of a carefully calculated campaign to question the loyalty of several Pentagon civilian employees by name, as well as a much larger group by implication. According to someone with intimate knowledge of the draft presidential directive...
  • Neocons Blast Bush's Inaction On 'Spy' Affair

    09/09/2004 10:46:31 AM PDT · by jmc813 · 13 replies · 644+ views
    Forward ^ | 9-9-2004 | MARC PERELMAN
    In an indication of their growing estrangement with the Bush administration, neoconservatives are slamming the White House for failing to stop what they describe as an antisemitic campaign to marginalize them being conducted by the CIA and the State Department. This view was outlined in a memo circulating among neoconservative foreign policy analysts in Washington. Obtained by the Forward, the memo criticizes the White House for not refuting press reports on the FBI's investigation of Pentagon analyst Lawrence Franklin that suggest wrongdoing on the part of Jewish officials at the Defense Department. "If there is any truth to any of...
  • Leak Inquiry Includes Iran Experts in Administration

    09/03/2004 10:47:02 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 3 replies · 525+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, September 4, 2004 | Robin Wright and Dan Eggen
    FBI counterintelligence investigators have in recent weeks questioned current and former U.S. officials about whether a small group of Iran specialists at the Pentagon and in Vice President Cheney's office may have been involved in passing classified information to an Iraqi politician or a U.S. lobbying group allied with Israel, according to sources familiar with or involved in the case. In their interviews, the FBI agents have also named two Israeli diplomats stationed in Washington and asked whether they would be willing recipients of sensitive intelligence, the sources added. The investigators have asked questions about personnel in the office of...
  • Political Big Names Come Out To Back Lobby at the GOP Convention (AIPAC)

    09/02/2004 2:02:19 PM PDT · by veronica · 398+ views
    Forward.com ^ | September 3, 2004 | E.J. KESSLER
    Less than 48 hours had passed since CBS News broke the news about an FBI investigation involving the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and the lobbying powerhouse was facing its first public test. The setting was Sunday's "community celebration" sponsored by Aipac, United Jewish Communities and the Republican Jewish Coalition. The list of expected guest included 1,000 delegates to the Republican convention, Jewish communal leaders, volunteers and public dignitaries. In the end, according to an Aipac spokesman, all the big names showed up. The crowd included more than 60 members of the House of Representatives, eight senators, two Cabinet officials,...
  • Pentagon Office in Spying Case Was Focus of Iran Debate

    09/02/2004 2:42:09 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 3 replies · 312+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | September 2, 2004 | ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 - The Pentagon's policy office, where a lower-level analyst is under suspicion of passing secrets to Israel, was deeply involved in deliberations over how the United States should deal with Iran, its conservative Islamic government and its nuclear weapons ambitions - all issues of intense concern to Israel as well. The analyst, Lawrence A. Franklin, a Farsi-speaking specialist on Iran in the office, participated in a secret outreach meeting with an Iranian opposition figure, had access to classified intelligence about Iran's nuclear program and was one of many officials involved in drafting a top-secret presidential order on...
  • FBI Espionage Probe Goes Beyond Israeli Allegations, Sources Say

    09/01/2004 3:08:10 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 4 replies · 553+ views
    News Center ^ | Wednesday, September 01, 2004 | Warren P. Strobel
    WASHINGTON - An FBI probe into the handling of highly classified material by Pentagon civilians is broader than previously reported, and goes well beyond allegations that a single mid-level analyst gave a top-secret Iran policy document to Israel, three sources familiar with the investigation said Saturday. The probe, which has been going on for more than two years, also has focused on other civilians in the Secretary of Defense's office, said the sources, who spoke on condition they not be identified, but who have first-hand knowledge of the subject. In addition, one said, FBI investigators in recent weeks have conducted...
  • New spy scandal comes as major blow to Israel, AIPAC

    08/31/2004 3:20:01 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 7 replies · 683+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | Aug 31, 2004 | Hussein Ibish
    WASHINGTON: Washington was rocked late last week by allegations that a Pentagon policy analyst on Iran, Laurence A. Franklin, had passed classified information to Israel through the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the leading pro-Israel lobby group in the US. He is also said to have had extensive meetings with Naor Gilon, head of the political department at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, and a specialist on Iran's nuclear weapons program. While both AIPAC and the Israeli government have issued categorical denials of any espionage activities, most observers say that law enforcement officials would not leak the accusations if they...
  • Jewish Conspiracies in the Pentagon?

    08/30/2004 10:31:00 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 21 replies · 1,043+ views
    National Review ^ | August 30, 2004 | 'David Frum's Diary'
    So all those left-wing kids taking media studies courses at college do seem actually to have learned something: The anti-Republican demonstraters who filed through Manhattan yesterday avoided disorder and violence to focus instead on creating powerful images for the evening news. Their message may be wrong-headed, but they did not step on it. And the same can be said for whoever it was that leaked the story of the investigation of the alleged leak of a Pentagon planning document to a pro-Israel lobbying group. What a triumph of press manipulation this story is! Somebody sold CBS News, NBC, and the...
  • Did CBS smear Israel and AIPAC?

    08/30/2004 6:55:41 AM PDT · by veronica · 56 replies · 1,202+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 08-30-04 | Richard Baehr and Ed Lasky
    Did CBS smear Israel and AIPAC?August 30th, 2004 Friday night, a breathless Leslie Stahl, led off the CBS Evening News with her scoop that the FBI was hot on the trail of a spy working for Israel in the Defense Department.  The CBS story presented a tale of the spy passing documents to officials at AIPAC, the American pro-Israel lobby, who supposedly, then sent them on to Israel. The documents in question apparently dealt with American policy towards Iran. The story left hints of deeper intrigue. CBS reported that the official under suspicion at the Department of Defense was part...
  • Israeli Responses to the FBI's Espionage Investigation Leak - A Compendium

    08/29/2004 10:08:38 PM PDT · by yonif · 182+ views
    IMRA ^ | 29 August 2004
    JERUSALEM ISSUE BRIEF www.jcpa.org/brief/brief4-3.htm Vol. 4, No. 3 29 August 2004 Israeli Responses to the FBI's Espionage Investigation Leak - A Compendium [IMRA: Israeli officials and former officials were careful to decline to comment on Israel Radio yesterday when asked about American spy operations targetting the Israeli Governement.] Israel's security establishment insists there is no Israeli involvement in allegations that a Pentagon analyst provided Israel with secret documents relating to White House deliberations over Iran - as reported by CBS News. MK Danny Yatom (Labor), who served as head of the Mossad in the 1990s, disclosed on Israel Radio that...
  • Israeli Held Meetings With U.S. Analyst

    08/30/2004 6:07:59 AM PDT · by OESY · 4 replies · 460+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 30, 2004 | AP
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- A senior Israeli diplomat in Washington has met with a Pentagon analyst being investigated by the FBI on suspicion he passed classified information to Israel, Israeli officials confirmed Monday. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the meetings were well within the norm of diplomacy and that no laws were broken. Israel has flatly denied it has a spy at the Pentagon. The Israeli diplomat was identified as Naor Gilon, head of the political department at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, and a specialist on Iran's nuclear weapons program. U.S. officials say the FBI investigation focuses...
  • FBI surveillance of Israeli diplomat led to Franklin

    08/30/2004 5:30:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies · 469+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8-20-04 | JANINE ZACHARIA AND HERB KEINON
    The FBI stumbled upon Larry Franklin as the man responsible for passing classified information on US Iran policy while FBI agents were actually surveilling a different official in Washington - Naor Gilon, an Israeli diplomat at the Israeli embassy, Newsweek reported Monday. About a year and a half ago when the FBI initiated investigations into the suspected mishandling of classified information, they began by shadowing Naor Gilon on suspicion of being linked to Israeli espionage in Washington. It was while observing Gilon as he conducted an ordinary lunch with lobbyists from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), that suddenly...
  • About that ‘spy’ for Israel in the Pentagon …

    08/30/2004 5:25:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies · 413+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 8-30-04 | Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
    The charges are serious and the tensions, understandably, are high. But for those interested in discussing the issue OBJECTIVELY, here are some facts and analysis that's NOT — surprise, surprise! — being reported in the mainstream media 60 Minutes correspondent Leslie Stahl was the first to report on an ongoing FBI investigation into whether a Pentagon analyst fed Israel secret materials about White House deliberations over Iran, by using the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Both AIPAC and the government of Israel have strongly denied the allegations. Israeli Embassy spokesman David Siegal stated: "We categorically deny these allegations. They are...
  • Officials Say Publicity Derailed Secrets Inquiry

    08/29/2004 8:53:51 PM PDT · by l33t · 16 replies · 849+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 8/29/2004 | DAVID JOHNSTON and ERIC SCHMITT
    ASHINGTON, Aug. 29 - The Pentagon official under suspicion of turning over classified information to Israel began cooperating with federal agents several weeks ago and was preparing to lead the authorities to contacts inside the Israeli government when the case became publicly known last week, government officials said Sunday. The disclosure of the inquiry late on Friday by CBS News revealed what had been for nearly a year a covert national security investigation conducted by the F.B.I., according to the officials, who said that news reports about the inquiry compromised important investigative steps, like the effort to follow the trail...
  • U.S. sources: Spy charges unlikely in Pentagon mole affair

    08/29/2004 5:29:00 PM PDT · by liberallarry · 10 replies · 372+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | August 29, 2004 | Nathan Guttman
    ... The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that Franklin may have conveyed the classified information innocently, not realizing he was breaking the law. "The man is not a spy, he's an idiot," an official familiar with the investigations told the paper. ...
  • Analyst at center of spy flap called naive, ardently pro-Israel

    08/29/2004 4:48:27 PM PDT · by l33t · 18 replies · 599+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 8/29/2004 | Nathan Guttman
    Last update - 01:56 30/08/2004 Analyst at center of spy flap called naive, ardently pro-Israel By Nathan Guttman WASHINGTON - Larry Franklin, the Pentagon analyst suspected of passing classified material about Iran to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, has never hidden his unequivocal support of Israel. Colleagues from the Near East and South Asia desk at the Defense Department said yesterday that his sympathy for Israel was overt and public - he didn't refrain from praising Israel and he held aggressive views about several Arab governments, primarily the ayatollahs' regime in Iran and Saddam Hussein's dictatorship in Iraq. "Everyone knew he...
  • The AIPAC kerfuffle

    08/29/2004 4:07:27 PM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies · 462+ views
    Spy. Israel. Pentagon. AIPAC. Pollard. Iraq. Iran. Mix these words together and you have quite a story on the weekend before the Republican convention in a hotly contested election campaign. The question is whether the smell that is in the air is that of a spy scandal or of a Washington political and policy war run amok. On Friday, anonymous FBI officials leaked aspects of an ongoing investigation of Larry Franklin, a mid-level Pentagon official specializing in Iran. Franklin reportedly shared a draft memo on Iran policy with staff from AIPAC, an organization that lobbies to strengthen the already close...
  • key paragraph on israeli "espionage" scandal

    08/29/2004 2:16:15 PM PDT · by jeltz25 · 18 replies · 479+ views
    Newsweek reports that the investigation was launched after agents monitoring a conversation between an Israeli Embassy official and an AIPAC lobbyist noticed a Pentagon employee walking in. The FBI shortly after began to follow Franklin and even allegedly saw him trying to pass a classified US policy document on Iran to one of its surveillance targets. But his alleged confederate was "too smart" and refused to take it, the Newsweek report states. The paper believes Franklin's motive were ideological rather than financial. "For whatever reason, the guy hates Iran passionately," one official told Newsweek.
  • US official: 'Franklin is an idiot, but no spy'

    08/29/2004 12:44:11 PM PDT · by Alouette · 14 replies · 1,043+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug. 29, 2004 | Janine Zacharia & Arieh O'Sullivan
    WASHINGTON The FBI is broadening its investigation into whether a mid-level Pentagon official in the Office of the Secretary of Defense passed classified material regarding internal policy deliberations on Iran to two staffers at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), who in turn provided the information to Israel. According to the Los Angeles Times, a US official with knowledge of the case expressed doubts Saturday that Larry Franklin's alleged actions rose to the level of espionage. Instead, he said it was more likely that Franklin, who maintains close ties with Israeli officials, passed documents to Israel without knowing the...