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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Former pro-Israel lobbyists indicted for disclosing classified US defense info
Holly Manges Jones at 7:27 PM ET

[JURIST] Two former employees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) [advocacy website] were indicted [PDF] Thursday for allegedly conspiring to receive and disclose classified US defense information over a five-year period dating back to 1999. The indictment indicates that the two ex-employees of AIPAC, Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, had connections to Pentagon analyst Lawrence Franklin, who was previously charged [JURIST report] with disclosing classified military information and who was also indicted today. The men are being charged with releasing information to the media and foreign government officials related to al-Qaida activity in Iran, the Khobar Towers bombing [Wikipedia backgrounder] in Saudi Arabia, and terrorism in Asia. Read the US Attorney's press release [PDF]. AP has more.






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