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Sunday, July 31, 2005

www.aljazeera.com: FBI to probe senior Israeli diplomat Naor Gilon in Franklin case -

FBI to probe senior Israeli diplomat in Franklin case -: "FBI to probe senior Israeli diplomat in Franklin case
7/31/2005 7:00:00 PM GMT

The FBI also seeks interrogating other Israeli diplomats in connection with Lawrence Franklin

The United States demanded the FBI, The Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate Naor Gilon, the head of the political department at the Israeli embassy in Washington, for allegedly having a role in the Pentagon spy case, which until now has been presented as an internal American affair, the Hebrew daily Haaretz has reported.

Gilon was the Israeli diplomat who headed the political department at the Israeli embassy in Washington at the time classified information was transmitted from a Pentagon employee to Israel through two men at AIPAC, the American lobby for Israel.

The FBI also seeks interrogating other Israeli diplomats in connection with Lawrence Franklin, the Pentagon analyst currently under investigation for passing classified documents to Israel through AIPAC.

The demand was discussed at an interministerial meeting in Jerusalem a few weeks ago. The consensus was that neither Gilon nor other Israeli diplomats should undergo investigation by the FBI but that Israel would be prepared to respond in writing to questions.

Israeli civil servants have immunity and cannot be investigated by foreign countries about actions taken in their work capacity.

The American request to investigate Gilon and other Israeli representatives for allegedly having a role in the Pentagon spy case comes as a clear indication that the Americans believe Israel is involved in the case.

A report published by the Hebrew daily Haaretz said that FBI agents will travel to Israel shortly to deal with the case.

There had been developments with regard to the Franklin case, Israeli sources said, adding that the issue is being dealt with by the legal adviser to the Justice Ministry.

The FBI contradicts AIPAC assurances that Israel is not a target of investigation in the spy scandal. The Israeli lobby in the U.S. had also defended the two officials accused of passing the information they received from Franklin, but abruptly fired them. However it was reported that it continues to pay for their legal defense."

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