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Purveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-10 01:33 PM
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Rosen Claims AIPAC Made Promises In Spy Case
BY Jeff Stein

Steve Rosen is flashing a new weapon in his defamation suit against his former employer, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful lobbying group usually referred to as AIPAC.

Rosen, a central figure in the Israeli espionage scandal that shook official Washington a few years ago, made available to SpyTalk an e-mail that he said shows AIPAC, which feared a widening federal investigation into its ties to Israel, signaled it would do right by him down the road, even after they had fired him with public denunciations of his conduct.

AIPAC had fired Rosen, its longtime foreign affairs chief, and Keith Weissman, its Iran analyst, in March 2005, after they were implicated in the FBIs investigation of alleged Israeli espionage, saying their conduct did not "reflect AIPAC standards." The two were accused of passing along classified information not only to Israel but to news outlets including The Washington Post.

The Justice Department would eventually charge the two under espionage statutes, alleging they used their contacts within the U.S. government and elsewhere to gather sensitive U.S. government information, including classified information relating to the national defense, for subsequent unlawful communication, delivery and transmission to persons not entitled to receive it.

Reports were that the FBI was broadening its investigation into AIPAC-Israel ties, with more indictments to come. In their defense, Rosen and Weissman were preparing to subpoena top administration officials, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to make their case that the United States regularly used AIPAC to send back-channel communications to Israel. Last year, the charges were dropped.

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http://blog.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/2010/05/rosen_c...
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-10 01:42 PM
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1. So we can infer that Mr Rosen does not feel that he has been done right by yet? nt
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-10 02:03 PM
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2. Read to the bottom of Stein's article. Interesting reference to "180 documents"
Edited on Tue May-11-10 02:07 PM by leveymg
Graymail, indeed. See, http://blog.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/2010/05/rosen_c...

As part of the discovery process in the defamation suit, he says, he has provided AIPAC's attorneys with about 180 internal documents showing that officials routinely gathered inside information from government officials about U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Moreover it was common, he and others have said, for U.S. officials to enlist AIPAC to drum up support for policies they couldnt sell themselves.

Its not done in service of Israel, he says, but the U.S.-Israel relationship, which we would argue serves us both.


Wonder if that "serves us both" reference alludes to Rosen's source, Col. Larry Franklin, salting Pentagon files with Iran WMD documents "suggested by F0-3" (Mossad Chief of Station, Naor Gilon). Who can doubt, Condi and others within the Bush inner-circle would have welcomed a pretext to start Operation Iraq Liberation (OIL) - Track II?
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