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Pentagon analyst accused of spying for Israel lobby

A Pentagon analyst was arrested by the FBI yesterday on charges of passing classified information to the main pro-Israel lobby in Washington.

Larry Franklin, a Farsi-speaking Iran specialist at the Defence Intelligence Agency, surrendered to the FBI yesterday and was expected to appear before a judge in Virginia.

He is reported to have given secret documents to two senior officials from the American Israel public affairs committee, its policy director, Steven Rosen, and Iran specialist, Keith Weissman. Some of the information found its way to the Israeli government and the committee sacked the two officials last month.

The nature of the classified documents is not clear. According to some reports it involved potential attacks against US forces in Iraq, possibly involving Iranian agents operating in that country.
Mr Franklin's arrest is a serious blow to the group of neo-conservative ideologues who worked for the under-secretary of defence for policy, Douglas Feith. They played an important role in taking the US into the Iraq war, and have since then advocated regime change in Iran. Mr Feith, 58, is due to retire this summer and his adviser on the Middle East, Harold Rhode, is also reported to have left his job.

"The true ideologues seem to be on the way out," Vincent Cannistraro, a former CIA counter-terrorism chief, said yesterday. "And their ability to manipulate information flow to their advantage is reduced."

According to US press reports, Mr Franklin came under suspicion when he turned up at a lunch in the Washington suburbs with officials from the public affairs committee who were already under FBI surveillance, and passed on the classified information.

The FBI has carried out two searches of the committee's offices and taken away computer files. Agents have also searched Mr Franklin's home in Virginia. He is being held on charges that he illegally passed to employees of the pro-Israel group classified information about potential Iranian-backed attacks against US forces in Iraq.

Mr Franklin and Mr Rhode were at the centre of another scandal, in 2003, when it emerged they had met Manucher Ghorbanifar, an Iranian businessman who served in the mid-1980s as a middleman organising deliveries of arms to Iran in return for the release of American hostages. Since then, Mr Ghorbanifar had been denounced as a fabricator by the CIA in an official "burn" notice circulated among US intelligence agencies.

Lawyers for the two committee officials sacked over the scandal have insisted the pair were not involved in any wrongdoing. "Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman have not violated any US law or [committee] policy," the lawyers said. "Contrary to press reports, they have never solicited, received or passed on any classified documents."

However, the committee, which raises millions of dollars in campaign contributions for pro-Israel US politicians, distanced itself from the statement, saying it had sacked the two men after hearing new information from investigators.

Until his arrest, Mr Franklin was still working in the defence department but he had been transferred to a lower-level job.


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The Guardian, "Pentagon analyst accused of spying for Israel lobby", 5 May 2005.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1476826,00.html

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