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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Washington Jewish Week: AIPAC Spy Scandal Spreads to 6 Administration Figures

Washington Jewish Week Online Edition: "AIPAC probe nets more?

At least six Bush administration officials reportedly have retained defense lawyers in connection with a probe into allegations of leaks to a pro-Israel group, according to a Washington Post columnist.

David Ignatius wrote Friday that an FBI investigation of classified leaks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee was still under way in late January.

"More than a half-dozen officials in the Bush administration who are apparently suspected of leaking classified information to AIPAC have had to retain defense lawyers," Ignatius said.

The columnist also reported that a former senior government official was interviewed by the FBI in late January. FBI agents asked the official if Steve Rosen, AIPAC's foreign policy director, had ever asked for classified information. The official said Rosen never did, and told Ignatius he thought it was a "fishing expedition."

Abrams moving up

President George W. Bush has promoted Elliott Abrams to deputy national security adviser for global democracy strategy, as well as deputy assistant to the president.

That places Abrams, who is Jewish, at the forefront of Bush's second-term strategy to democratize the Middle East. Since 2002, Abrams had been serving as Bush's senior National Security Council adviser on the Middle East."