Dual Loyalties

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Friday, September 10, 2004

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ZAMAN DAILY NEWSPAPER (2004083111893): "FBI Questions Wolfowitz about Mole Scandal


The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) talked to US Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz about claims that a Pentagon official leaked sensitive information to the Israeli government.
Larry Franklin, who is a Middle East expert working for Pentagon, is accused of transferring information about US-Iran relations to an Israeli lobby group in Washington, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
The FBI still must decide whether or not to accuse Franklin of espionage, and it must also determine if AIPAC actually delivered the said information to the Israeli government. "

FBI Talks to Feith, Wolfowitz

FBI Talks to Feith, Wolfowitz: "FBI Talks to Feith, Wolfowitz
Barbara Ferguson, Arab News



Franklin, right, with Feith.

NEW YORK, 31 August 2004 — The FBI has broadened its investigation of a Pentagon official suspected of giving a top-secret presidential policy directive on Iran to two lobbyists working for AIPAC, who then turned the information over to Israel.

The focus of the investigation is an Iran specialist at the Pentagon named Lawrence Franklin, who works in an office overseen by Douglas J. Feith, the Defense undersecretary for policy. Feith is an influential aide to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld whose previous work included prewar intelligence on Iraq, including purported ties between Saddam Hussein’s regime and the Al-Qaeda terror network.

The fact that the alleged spy is associated with Feith and Wolfowitz may prove embarrassing for the White House. Both officials, actively involved in planning the invasion of Iraq, have been accused of promoting the war to serve Israeli interests.

Early in the Bush administration, Franklin worked at the Defense Intelligence Agency before moving to the Pentagon’s policy branch under Feith three years ago. He is now nearing retirement.

The Washington Post reported yesterday that Franklin had traveled to Israel, including during duty in the Air Force Reserve, where he rose to the rank of colonel and served as a specialist in foreign political-military affairs. He may have been based at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv on those tours, a former co-worker at the DIA told reporters, but was never permanently assigned there.

The FBI spent more than a year covertly investigating Franklin, and even obtained a warrant from a federal court to use electronic surveillance. It is not known whether such surveillance was conducted inside the Pentagon itself, although it has involved at least one of Franklin’s computers.

High-ranking officials at the Defense and State Departments have been interviewed or briefed by FBI agents investigating the case. Among those briefed by the FBI was Feith, said government officials familiar with the sessions. The officials spoke yesterday on condition of anonymity because the probe is continuing.

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation briefed Feith on Sunday in his office at the Pentagon and also asked questions, the officials said. Also recently briefed by the FBI was Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, they said.

Others at State and Defense have been interviewed or briefed over the course of the probe, but the officials declined to provide any other names.

Prosecutors are said to be weighing whether to charge Franklin with the most serious charge of espionage, but the FBI believes Franklin’s spying went well beyond the extensive information-sharing relations that exists between the United States and Israel.

Newsweek magazine reported Sunday the FBI first learned of Franklin’s unusual contacts when agents observed him at a Washington lunch more than a year ago with a lobbyist for AIPAC, and Naor Gilon, a specialist on Iran’s nuclear weapons program and head of the political affairs department at the Israeli Embassy in Washington.

AIPAC is the powerful pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee based in Washington.

Citing US intelligence officials, Newsweek said Franklin on one occasion allegedly tried to hand over a classified US policy document on Iran, but that the Israeli diplomat refused to take it.

It is here the AIPAC lobbyists could have proved useful as middlemen.

The New York Times reported in its Monday edition that government officials say Franklin had been cooperating with federal agents for several weeks and was preparing to lead them to contacts inside the Israeli government when work of the investigation was leaked by CBS News late last week.

To many this makes the timing of the leak curious.

Several experts in Washington told journalists Israel does present a problem for the United States in certain aspects of intelligence, such as sensitive defense technologies and Iran policy.

Israel sees Iran as the single biggest threat to its existence, and so closely monitors all possible moves in Washington’s Iranian policy — especially regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

One former State Department officer told a journalist that that US government experts considered Israel as a country whose spying most threatened the United States. “I know from my time in Jerusalem that official US visitors to Israel were warned about the counterintelligence threat from Israel,” he said.

Israeli officials confirmed yesterday that Gilon met with Franklin. However, Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said meetings between Israeli Embassy employees and US government officials are commonplace, and that the two governments routinely share secrets.

The Israeli daily Maariv quoted Gilon as saying that he did nothing wrong. “My hands are clean. I have nothing to hide. I acted according to the regulations,” Gilon said.

The diplomat told Maariv he was concerned that as a result of the reports, he would not be able to continue working in Washington. “Now, people will be scared to talk to me,” the newspaper quoted him as saying."

FBI Probing Suspected Israeli Spy at Pentagon, Close to Wolfowitz and Feith

FBI Probing Suspected Israeli Spy at Pentagon, Close to Wolfowitz and Feith: "FBI Probing Suspected Israeli Spy at Pentagon, Close to Wolfowitz and Feith

Sat Aug 28, 2004 01:20 AM ET

By Joanne Morrison WASHINGTON (Reuters) -

The FBI is investigating a Pentagon analyst suspected of being an Israeli spy who passed secret documents about Iran to the Zionist state, U.S. government sources said Friday.

The officials told Reuters the analyst was connected to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's office and is suspected of passing the documents to Israel via the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington.

The sources declined to identify the suspect and said no one had been arrested and no charges brought.

An official described the man under investigation as a mid-level Pentagon official who could not be considered a senior adviser even though he briefed officials.

The Israeli Embassy denied the allegations.

"They are completely false and outrageous," an embassy spokesman said.

AIPAC called the charges "baseless and false."

"We take our responsibilities as American citizens seriously. We would not condone or tolerate for a second any violation of U.S. law or interests," AIPAC said in a statement.

'A SINGLE INDIVIDUAL'

The Washington Post and New York Times quoted the Pentagon as saying in a statement that it was cooperating with the Justice Department.

"The investigation involves a single individual at the Department of Defense at the desk officer level who was not in a position to have significant influence over U.S. policy," the papers quoted the statement as saying.

"Nor could a foreign power be in a position to influence U.S. policy through this individual. To the best of the Department of Defense's knowledge, the investigation does not target any other DOD individuals." CBS News, which first reported the story, said federal agents were about to arrest the suspect, who it said may have been in a position to influence Bush administration policy on Iran and Iraq.

The network said the analyst had ties to Rumsfeld's deputy Paul Wolfowitz and Defense Undersecretary Douglas Feith, both regarded as leading architects of the war on Iraq that President Bush launched in March last year.

Asked whether the suspect worked under Feith, the number three Pentagon official, and William Luti, a senior official in the Pentagon's policy section, Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita declined comment.

"It's a criminal matter and we don't comment on criminal matters," he said.

'TRUSTED ANALYST'

According to CBS, one of the documents passed to Israel was a draft presidential directive on U.S. policy toward Iran -- placed by Bush in an "axis of evil" along with Iraq and North Korea.

The network described the spy as "a trusted analyst" assigned to the unit within the Defense Department tasked with helping develop Iraq policy.

The New York Times reported the analyst worked for Feith, who created a special intelligence unit before the Iraq war that had sought to build a case that Baghdad had ties to al Qaeda -- a position that has been criticized by intelligence professionals.

Shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, Feith and Luti set up this unit that ended up finding a close relationship between al Qaeda and Iraq that later became an important element for invading Iraq.

Another office under both men was crucial in developing policy months before the Iraq war on post-war planning.

The Washington Post reported on its Web site that the official under suspicion specialized in Iranian affairs and was a veteran of the Defense Intelligence Agency who was nearing retirement.

The Post said the investigation started more than a year ago, and it was unclear if the charges would be espionage or the lesser allegation of mishandling classified information.

One of the most damaging blows to U.S.-Israeli relations in recent times was dealt by a 1985 spying case in which U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard was charged with passing secrets to the Zionist state.

He was sentenced to life in prison and his continued incarceration is still an irritant in U.S.-Israeli ties."

WBAY-Wolfowitz No Victory Ever on War on Terror

WBAY-Coverage You Can Count On: Wolfowitz urges patience in war on terror: "Wolfowitz urges patience in war on terror
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WASHINGTON A top defense official says the war on terror won't end quickly and it probably won't conclude decisively.

Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz says it's unlikely the U-S and its allies will be able to round up every last terrorist and end the war that way. Instead, Wolfowitz predicts that terrorist networks will collapse of their own weight, in much the same way as Nazism and Communism did before them.

Wolfowitz says that doesn't mean the U-S can afford to play the waiting game. He told the Rand Corporation today America must stay on the offensive and fight the war with multiple weapons -- including its military and its economic might."

Herald.com | 09/08/2004 | Are any U.S. spies sharing sensitive information with Israel?

Herald.com | 09/08/2004 | Are any U.S. spies sharing sensitive information with Israel?: "Are any U.S. spies sharing sensitive information with Israel?

BY PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

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In 1987, Jonathan Pollard, a U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, was imprisoned for life for selling a roomful of U.S. secret documents to Israel. Tel Aviv refused to return them. At the Clinton-Netanyahu summit at Wye River, Pollard became a subject of contention.

Then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wanted to fly the American traitor back to Israel, where he is a hero. Clinton balked. CIA's George Tenet would resign, Clinton told Netanyahu, if he pardoned Pollard.

This history is recalled for a reason. Washington today is rife with reports that the FBI has been investigating whether or not a nest of Pollardites inside the Pentagon has been funneling secrets, through the Israeli lobby AIPAC, to the Reno Road embassy and on to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Suspected mole Larry Franklin, a Pentagon Iranian analyst, was reportedly sighted trying to hand over to an AIPAC official a draft copy of a National Security Presidential Directive on Iran. With the mullahs apparently pursuing atomic bombs, Israel wants the United States to attack, denuclearize and bring down its No. 1 enemy, the regime in Tehran.

Franklin popped up on FBI radar when he joined a breakfast meeting between an AIPAC man and an Israeli diplomat. AIPAC had been under FBI surveillance for more than two years as a probable conduit to Israel of the fruits of espionage against the United States.

Franklin, a devout Catholic and hawk on Iran, is now said to be cooperating with the FBI. His boss, William Luti, is the deputy to the Pentagon's No. 3, Douglas Feith, who has close ties to the Likud Party.

According to The Washington Post, the FBI is now interviewing current and former officials from Dick Cheney's office and the Pentagon as to whether Feith, Richard Perle, David Wurmser and Paul Wolfowitz might have leaked U.S. security secrets to Israel, AIPAC or Ahmed Chalabi.

Chalabi, once the Pentagon's candidate to succeed Saddam Hussein, has lately fallen from favor. Reportedly, he was caught telling Iran's intelligence station chief in Baghdad that friends in the Pentagon informed him that they had broken Iran's code and were listening in on Iran's secret communications between Baghdad and Tehran .

AIPAC and the Israelis deny any spying. Cooperation between the Bush and Sharon governments is so close, they insist, that there is no need to commit espionage or thieve U.S. documents. Perhaps, but the men about whom the FBI is inquiring have old, deep and questionable ties to Israel and Sharon's Likud Party.

• In 1970, Perle was picked up on an FBI wiretap discussing NSC secrets with the Israeli Embassy. In 1981, as assistant secretary of defense, Perle got a top-secret security clearance for his chosen deputy Stephen Bryen, who is said to have narrowly eluded indictment for offering top-secret documents to Mossad's man in Washington.

• In 1982, Feith was the object of an inquiry as to whether he had given secret documents to the Israeli Embassy. Fired from the National Security Council, he was hired by Perle. Feith left the Pentagon in 1986 to form a law firm -- in Israel. Hired by Donald Rumsfeld in 2001, Feith set up the Office of Special Plans, which cherry-picked the intelligence to the White House that turned out to be false but facilitated the war on Iraq.

• In 1996, Perle, Feith and Wurmser co-authored a paper for Netanyahu calling for ditching Oslo, reoccupying the West Bank and overthrowing Hussein as ``an important Israeli strategic objective.''

• In 1998, Wolfowitz and Perle signed an open letter from the neoconservative front group PNAC to President Bill Clinton, urging him to ditch diplomacy and wage war on Iraq and pledging their full support.

• On Jan. 1, 2001, eight months before 9/11, Wurmser, at AEI, called for joint U.S.-Israeli air strikes on Iraq, Iran, Syria and Libya.

• According to White House anti-terror chief Richard Clarke, in April 2001 Wolfowitz wanted Osama bin Laden put on a back burner and for us to go after Iraq. In the first hours after 9/11, according to Bob Woodward and Clarke, Wolfowitz wanted Iraq, not Afghanistan, invaded. For his role in steering us into war, Wolfowitz was named Man of the Year -- by The Jerusalem Post.

In my new book, Where the Right Went Wrong, there is a line that now appears prophetic: ``America needs a Middle East policy made in the USA, not in Tel Aviv, or at AIPAC or AEI.''

Having promised him a cakewalk to Baghdad and a rose garden thereafter, neoconservatives misled President Bush. He should have fired the lot of them. Having failed to do so, he ought, in his own interests as well as our nation's, name Patrick ''Bulldog'' Fitzgerald, now heading up the investigation into the Valerie Plame leak, to head up the investigation of Israeli espionage against the United States.

If there has been a recurrence of Pollardism at the Pentagon, we need to know, and Bush needs to act, as Harry Truman did not with Alger Hiss and Harry Dexter White."

Herald.com | 09/08/2004 | Feith gave secret documents to the Israeli Embassy

Herald.com | 09/08/2004 | Are any U.S. spies sharing sensitive information with Israel? "• In 1982, Feith was the object of an inquiry as to whether he had given secret documents to the Israeli Embassy. Fired from the National Security Council, he was hired by Perle. Feith left the Pentagon in 1986 to form a law firm -- in Israel. Hired by Donald Rumsfeld in 2001, Feith set up the Office of Special Plans, which cherry-picked the intelligence to the White House that turned out to be false but facilitated the war on Iraq."

Lynne Cheney is Receiving Money From Israel

Winds of Change: "There is a reason why Richard Perle and his American Enterprise Institute (AEI) friends, including "Second Lady" Lynne Cheney and former Reagan National Security Council staffer Michael Ledeen, were uncomfortable when Iraq con man and Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmed Chalabi's offices in Baghdad were raided this past May by Iraqi police, FBI and CIA officers. The Baghdad money trail may soon lead to Washington, DC. The sinewy links between the neo-cons, Ariel Sharon's Likud government, and the Chalabis should be a definite cause for concern by some Bush administration officials, and particularly troubling for Mrs. Cheney, who reportedly sits upon a $125,000 AEI fellowship funded by Likud Party interests.