The American Israel Public Affairs Committee has fired two senior employees who are involved in a long-running federal investigation of possible Israeli spying in the United States, according to a New York Times article:
Officials have said Mr. Rosen and Mr. Weissman knew Lawrence A. Franklin, a Defense Department analyst who is suspected of giving them classified information that was subsequently provided to the Israelis…..
A spokesman for Aipac, Patrick Dorton, said on Wednesday, “The action that Aipac has taken was done in consultation with counsel after recently learned information,” adding that “the conduct that Aipac expects of its employees” was also considered. Mr. Lowell’s comment about Mr. Rosen and Mr. Weissman “represents solely their view of the facts,” Mr. Dorton said.
Mr. Franklin cooperated with the authorities at one point. In recent months, he has chosen not to help.
The espionage investigation was downplayed by conservative commentators when the story was first publicized last summer. Aipac’s disimssal of two high-ranking employees and Frankin’s unwillingness to cooperate with investigators should give pause.
Moreover, even some of Franklin’s defenders concede that classified information probably was mishandled. As many of my fellow conservatives noted in the Sandy Berger case, this is not a trivial offense–especially when our nation is at war.
Update: John Little at Blogs of War has extensive links and background.blog comments powered by Disqus
March 26, 2016 11:08 PM by Michelle Malkin
August 31, 2015 08:57 PM by Doug Powers
February 1, 2015 02:29 PM by Doug Powers
August 26, 2014 10:24 AM by Doug Powers
August 15, 2014 01:51 PM by Michelle Malkin