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  • US Drops Spy Charges Against Lobbyists

    05/01/2009 9:48:54 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 15 replies · 1,299+ views
    Military.com ^ | 05/01/2009 | AP
    ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - Federal prosecutors moved Friday to dismiss espionage-related charges against two former pro-Israel lobbyists accused of disclosing classified U.S. defense information, ending a tortuous inside-the-Beltway legal battle rife with national security intrigue. Critics of the prosecution of Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee accused the federal government of trying to criminalize the sort of back-channel discussions between government officials, lobbyists and reporters that are commonplace in Washington. AIPAC is an influential pro-Israel lobbying group. The indictment had alleged that Rosen and Weissman conspired to obtain and then disclose to journalists and the...
  • “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...
  • 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...
  • Expect Journalistic Tongues to Loosen (Durbin, Rockefeller tied to NSA Leak?)

    03/07/2006 3:12:39 AM PST · by KCRW · 40 replies · 2,409+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 03/07/06 | 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. ..... But it's more likely prosecutors will use the Plame precedent to get journalists to disclose their sources. The NSA leak investigation issaid...
  • 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...
  • Ex-lobbyists plead innocent in spy probe (AIPAC)

    08/16/2005 5:30:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 289+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/16/05 | Matthew Barakat - AP
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Two former officials of a pro-Israel lobbying group pleaded innocent Tuesday to charges they conspired to obtain and disclose classified U.S. defense information related to the Middle East. Steven J. Rosen, 63, and Keith Weissman, 53, were foreign policy experts at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a prominent lobbying organization on Capitol Hill. Federal prosecutors allege that the two men obtained classified government reports for five years, beginning in 1999, on various issues relevant to American policy, including al-Qaida, terrorist activities in Central Asia, the bombing of the Khobar Towers dormitory in Saudi Arabia and...
  • NYT: Israel Lobbyists Facing Charges in Secrets Case-Indictment expected, but out of the ordinary

    08/05/2005 1:40:18 PM PDT · by OESY · 3 replies · 418+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 5, 2005 | DAVID JOHNSTON
    Two former officials of a pro-Israel lobbying group were charged in an indictment filed Thursday with illegally conspiring to gather and disclose classified national security information to journalists and an unnamed foreign power that government officials identified as Israel. The indictment accused Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman, formerly senior staff members at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, with improperly disclosing national security information beginning in April 1999. The group dismissed the two men last April. As the committee's director of foreign policy issues, Mr. Rosen was a highly visible figure in Washington who helped the organization define its...
  • 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...