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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Haaretz - Israel News - AIPAC lobbyists summon Israeli diplomats to give testimony

Haaretz - Israel News - AIPAC lobbyists summon Israeli diplomats to give testimony: "Last update - 10:18 25/10/2005

AIPAC lobbyists summon Israeli diplomats to give testimony

By Yossi Melman, Haaretz Correspondent

Two lobbyists implicated in the AIPAC affair submitted a request Monday in which they asked Israeli diplomats in Washington to testify in their hearings.

Attorneys Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, who together with Pentagon analyist, Larry Franklin, are facing charges of disclosing confidential information to Israel, asked the court to summon the diplomats.

Rosen and Weissman claim the diplomats' testimony is needed to prove their claims that they are innocent of their charges, and were involved solely in routine lobbying work.

The diplomats' identities are not revealed in the request, though it is estimated that one of them is political advisor Naor Gilon, who has already been named in connection with the affair in the past.

Israeli embassy spokesperson, David Segal, said in response that the embassy was still reviewing the request but that in principal it has agreed to cooperate.

Rosen and Weissman were fired from AIPAC last year after the affair became public, but according to media reports the two struck a deal that is said to ensure their silence.

Franklin recently agreed to a plea bargain in which he admitted to handing over confidential information to Rosen, Weissman and Gilon.

His sentencing is due to be given in January."

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