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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 11:18 AM
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FBI probe into leaked secrets takes aim at AIPAC
By Nathan Guttman

WASHINGTON - Pentagon analyst Larry Franklin was reinstated a few weeks ago, after sitting at home for half a year and being barred from returning to his job on the Iranian desk in the Department of Defense's policy division. Franklin was at the center of a lengthy FBI investigation after suspicions arose that he transfered classified information about U.S. policy on Iran to members of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee).

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While Franklin is back at work, and, say well-placed sources, is expected to reach a plea bargain, the spotlight has moved to the AIPAC officials - two senior members were suspended for the duration of the case and four other senior officials were forced to testify at length before the special investigative jury in Virginia (whose proceedings are classified) appointed for the case.

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The intended breadth of the investigation is also evident from the FBI's dramatic moves - raiding AIPAC offices in December and issuing subpoenas to its four top executives. Executive Director Howard Kohr, Managing Director Richard Fishman, Research Director Rafael Danziger and Communications Director Renee Rothstein appeared before the investigative jury and were questioned at length.

Investigators also reportedly tried to use Franklin, after the affair erupted, to incriminate as many senior AIPAC officials as possible. The Jerusalem Post reported four months ago that investigators informed Franklin of the suspicions against him and asked for his cooperation. In a sting operation, he received information from the FBI agents that Iran was planning to attack Israelis operating in the Kurdish region in Iraq. Franklin, on the FBI's instructions, telephoned AIPAC's Rosen and Weissman and gave them the information, and they rushed to pass it on to Israeli diplomats, thereby falling into the FBI trap.

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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 11:26 AM
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1. Israel's Mole Inside the Pentagon

Lesley Stahl of CBS reported Friday that the FBI is about to "roll up" a spy working for Israel from within the office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. "the suspected mole supplied Israel with classified materials that include secret White House policy deliberations on Iran. " The FBI investigation, headed up by Dave Szady, has involved wiretaps, undercover surveillance and photography that CBS News was told document the passing of classified information from the mole, to the men at American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington, and on to the Israelis. CBS sources say that last year the suspected spy, described as a trusted analyst at the Pentagon, turned over a presidential directive on U.S. policy toward Iran while it was, "in the draft phase when U.S. policy-makers were still debating the policy."



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teryang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 12:26 PM
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2. A mole inside the Pentagon?
This is a joke right?

This is a cover for Washington/Tel Aviv lock step policies. A phony attempt by the Likudnik/ neo cons to divorce themselves from the proxy attack on Iran by Israel which cannot take place without American approval and complicity.
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ElectroPrincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 01:53 PM
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4. It's serious - and IMO it's real ...
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teryang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 07:25 PM
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5. It's real alright there are hundreds of moles in Pentagon
Edited on Fri Mar-25-05 07:27 PM by teryang
Not one, not two, not three, hundreds, maybe more. US foreign policy has been diverted to serve quack ideological and religious theories which have nothing to do with our national security.

The search for a handful of scapegoats is ridiculous on its face.

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thebigidea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 12:40 PM
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3. "Israelis operating in the Kurdish region in Iraq" - ha!
didn't they swear up and down that it wasn't true, and all talk of Israelis in Iraq was crazy conspiracy gibberish?
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Gyre Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 08:12 PM
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6. Well, we let them steal all the enriched uranium they wanted, so we
may as well give them our military intelligence as well. Fascists and Zionists seem to be getting along rather well these days.

Gyre
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 09:16 PM
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7. Why next thing ya know is that someone's gonna spill the beans about
the US military bases in Israel.
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