Charges dropped against AIPAC lobbyists involved in Franklin spy case

By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
As intelNews reported on April 23, based on a tip by The Washington Post, it has been announced that the two American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobbyists involved in the Lawrence Franklin spy case in the US will escape trial. Lawrence Anthony Franklin was a US Defense Department analyst who in 2006 was given a 12-year prison sentence for handing classified US military information to Israeli agent Uzi Arad, Israeli Embassy official Naor Gilon, as well as to Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, both former AIPAC lobbyists. But on Friday US Justice Department prosecutors dropped all charges against the two former AIPAC members due to “significant reservations about the case”, even though several Department officials believe that Rosen and Weissman “acted imprudently”, according to The New York Times. As IntelNews has learned, the decision was taken despite significant objections from FBI officials, who desperately pressured the Department to go forward with the trial until the very last minute. The Bureau appears to be infuriated about the dismissal, which is rumored to be partly based on fears that classified information exposed during a trial could harm US national security. Ironically, the charges against Rosen and Weissman were dropped just a few days before AIPAC’s annual policy conference in Washington, which is to be addressed by Israel’s new Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

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2 Responses to Charges dropped against AIPAC lobbyists involved in Franklin spy case

  1. gravel kucinich paul nader says:

    911 Sham?

    AIPAC Bankers?

    Israel-first, dual-national?

    Extortion, blackmail, & bribery?

  2. GDAWG says:

    “..the decision was taken despite significant objections from FBI officials, who desperately pressured the Department to go forward with the trial until the very last minute..”
    shocking I tell you. just shocking. hehe

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