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Really!?!? Say its not so….

In 2005, the FBI filed criminal charges against a Pentagon official, Colonel Lawrence Franklin, and a former National Security Council analyst now working for the Brookings Institution, Kenneth Pollack. Both men were suspected, independently, of turning State secrets over to two top agents of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Steve J. Rosen and Keith Weissman who seemingly transmitted them to the Chargé d’Affairs of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, Naor Gilon.

The FBI investigation pinpointed the facts, but failed to qualify them. Were such secrets provided freely or as part of an information swap? Was espionage committed or was it a leak? Did the outing of these secrets damage the United States for the benefit of its Israeli ally?

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Steven J. Rosen’s $20 million defamation lawsuit against his former employer, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, has now taken a predictable turn.  AIPAC fired Rosen and fellow analyst Keith Weissman over their indictments under the Espionage Act in 2005.  The criminal prosecution was ultimately quashed by the Obama administration to the chagrin of prosecutors in early 2009. A November 8, 2010 AIPAC defense filing in Superior Court asked Judge Erik Christian to dismiss the civil suit, alleging that Rosen’s use of company computers to surf pornographic websites and selections from damning depositions proved AIPAC’s statements that he did not comport to company standards were not slander.  As predicted, Rosen has now gone for AIPAC’s jugular by deposing Executive Director Howard Kohr (PDF) and legislative deputy director Esther Kurz about their roles in an earlier espionage caper against US industries and workers involving AIPAC’s use of classified information.

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