A collection of articles on the case
The REAL AIPAC spy ring story: IRAN
American Prospect on AIPAC trial
^Take a close look at that one, it seems like Disinfo to me, which is why this topic is so sticky. Traverse the topic carefully.
The AIPAC spy case trial involves Larry Franklin, a former pentagon analyst, who was charged, prosecuted and sentenced to 12 years for passing classified US military information to two AIPAC employees, Keith Weissman and Steven J Rosen.
See James Petras’s article: AIPAC On Trial
In August 2004, the FBI and the US Justice Department counter-intelligence bureau announced that they were investigating a top Pentagon analyst suspected of spying for Israel and handing over highly confidential documents on US policy toward Iran to AIPAC which in turn handed them over to the Israeli Embassy. The FBI had been covertly investigating senior Pentagon analyst, Larry Franklin and AIPAC leaders, Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman for several years prior to their indictment for spying. On August 29, 2005 the Israeli Embassy predictably hotly denied the spy allegation. On the same day Larry Franklin was publicly named as a spy suspect. Franklin worked closely with Michael Ledeen and Douglas Feith, then Undersecretary for Defense in the Pentagon, in fabricating the case for war with Iraq. Franklin was the senior analyst on Iran, which is at the top of AIPAC's list of targets for war.
Franklin's involvment revealed other links especially within the OSP (office of special plans) a zionist controlled outfit of the DOD (department of defense) largely responsible for the fabrication of "evidence" of Iraq's pursuit of WMD, specifically that Saddam was acquiring yellowcake uranium via Niger.
More from Petras:
The FBI investigation of the Washington spy network deepened and included the interrogation of two senior members of Feith's Office of Special Plans, William Luti and Harold Rhode. The OSP was responsible for feeding bogus intelligence leading to the US attack of Iraq. The leading FBI investigator, Dave Szady, stated that the FBI investigation involved wiretaps, undercover surveillance and photography that document the passing of classified information from Franklin to the men at AIPAC and on to the Israelis.
The Franklin-AIPAC-Israeli investigation was more than a spy case. It involved the future of US-Middle East relations and more specifically whether the '",neo-cons' would be able to push the US into a military confrontation with Iran. Franklin was a top Pentagon analyst on Iran, with access to all the executive branch deliberations on Iran. AIPAC lobbying and information gathering was aggressively directed toward pushing the Israeli agenda on a US-Iranian confrontation against strong opposition in the State Department, CIA, military intelligence and field commanders.
From the NY Times :
Before his sentencing, Mr. Franklin pleaded guilty to three felony counts for improperly retaining and disclosing classified information in exchange for his cooperation and the government's willingness to drop three other charges against him. He will not have to begin serving his sentence until after the completion of legal proceedings against Mr. Rosen and Mr. Weissman, who are scheduled to go on trial in April. That could lead prosecutors to agree to seek a reduction in Mr. Franklin's sentence, government official said.
Mr. Rosen and Mr. Weissman were charged in an indictment in August 2005 with conspiring to gather and disclose classified national security information to journalists and an unnamed foreign power that government officials identified as Israel. Aipac dismissed the two men in April 2005.
The indictment said the two men had disclosed classified information about a number of subjects, including American policy in Iran, terrorism in central Asia, Al Qaeda and the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers apartment in Saudi Arabia, which killed 23 Americans, mainly members of the military. Lawyers for the two men have sought to have the indictment against them dismissed.
As Aipac's director of foreign policy issues, Mr. Rosen was a well-known figure in Washington who helped the organization define its lobbying agenda on the Middle East and forged important relationships with powerful conservatives in the Bush administration. Mr. Weissman was a senior Middle East analyst. Mr. Rosen and Mr. Weissman have denied any wrongdoing.
Mr. Franklin, who was regarded as an Iran expert, was among Bush administration conservatives who had pushed for an aggressive policy towards Iran, including a more confrontational approach to restrain its nuclear program.
Mr. Franklin worked at the Pentagon for a time under Douglas Feith, a former undersecretary at the agency. Mr. Franklin has said he developed a relationship with the two lobbyists in the belief that they had access to officials a the National Security Council and could communicate his views to senior officials there.
In addition to his meetings with the lobbyists, the government charged, Mr. Franklin also met with an Israeli embassy official and passed on secret military information about weapons tests in the Middle East and military activities in Iraq. He contended that the information was already known to the Israelis and that he obtained far more information than he gave away.
This investigation spanned nearly 3 years as the FBI gathered evidence against Rosen and Weissman who were up high-up in AIPAC. Larry Franklin also had ties to Zionist Jews in the Department of Defense, notably Richard Perle and Douglas Feith who both resigned shortly after Franklin and his cohorts were implicated in the investigation.
Despite the mountains of evidence piled up against the AIPAC employees and their Israeli Zionist Dual-Citizen benefactors in key positions in government, Judge Ellis III has considered dropping charges based on loopholes in ancient laws. -
I would caution against wholly accepting everything from Anti-War.com given their past obstinacy in vociferously denying the blatant role of Israel in 9/11, however they have a few interesting articles on the AIPAC trial.
Is the media sabotaging the AIPAC trial?
Espionage and Legal Sabotage
AIPAC spy net exposed
One of the best references and resources I’ve found is here: Huge database of info on AIPAC spying
And here is a history of it: AIPAC Spy Trial Timeline
One of the tricks or loopholes used by the "defendents" has been to say that this was a routine that involved many others, high up in the government including Condi Rice and Stephen Hadley. This clause forced Judge Ellis III to subpeona other officials high in government because the spy case reaches up in the food chain.