Monday, August 30, 2004

FBI trailed Israeli diplomat as link to Pentagon leak

FBI trailed Israeli diplomat as link to Pentagon leak : "FBI trailed Israeli diplomat as link to Pentagon leak
It is being reported Monday morning that the FBI has been following Naor Gilon, the diplomatic adviser in the Israeli Embassy in Washington, in connection with its investigation into an alleged leak of classified material to the pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC.

Newsweek reports that the FBI monitored a lunch meeting in 2003 between Gilon and an AIPAC lobbyist, which was joined by Pentagon official, Larry Franklin, who is suspected of leaking information to Israel via AIPAC.

The report claims that FBI agents saw Franklin attempt to transfer a classified U.S. policy document on Iran. Newsweek says Franklin, who is not Jewish, did reserve duty at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Both Israel and AIPAC flatly denied reports that any Pentagon official passed them classified information. A leading Israeli expert on U.S.-Israel relations, Professor Gerald Steinberg, director of the conflict management program at Bar-Ilan University, says the affair seems to have been deliberately exaggerated."

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