Dual Loyalties

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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Harold Rhode is the Source of the Valerie Plame Leak

There is suspicion that the White House learned of Valerie Plame Wilson from a State Department memo. This memo was requested by Ambassador Marc Grossman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from Carl W. Ford Jr. the then head of INR, State Departments intelligence unit. The request came about two weeks before Ambassador Wilson lit into the Bush Administration for lying about fraudulent reports that Iraq had attempted to buy yellow cake uranium in Niger.

My first reaction was a nagging question about Ambassador Grossman, was he the source of the leak, was he a traitor? There are a number of readily identifiable Administration figures who broke laws to further the Neocon agenda. Ambassador Grossman however does not fit the profile. He had no close associations with AEI, AIPAC, Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, Mossad, Michael Ledeen, or Richard Perle. Additionally Ambassador Grossman has served with Distinction under both Bushes as well as President Clinton. Israel has had a long time aggressive spying program against the US and not all of the Israeli spies are Neocons. Take Martin Indyk, US ambassador to Israel for instance. Indyk was so obviously a spy that he had his security clearances yanked. Still Grossman does not fit the Indyk profile either.
So I believe Ambassador Grossman is in the clear. Besides he requested the memo before the White House put the crosshairs on Ambassador Wilson, Additionally the Grossman memo calls Mrs. Wilson Valerie Wilson not Valerie Plame. So if not Marc Grossman, who?

One man who also had access to the information on Valerie Plame Wilson stands out as a person of interest, Harold Rhode. Rhode had extensively examined the evidence for Iraqi WMDs as part of the OSP under Doug feith at Pentagon. Rhode is personally very close to Michael Ledeen who is a prime suspect in planting the fraudulent reports that Iraq had attempted to buy yellow cake uranium in Niger. Additionally Rhode is a close associate of Judith Miller who is suspected of supplying the Plame story. They have a long history of working together. Rhode worked for Feith who worked for Wolfowitz. Paul Wolfowitz is also the man who brought Lewis Scooter Libby into Government work. Libby is of course the one who is at the center of the Valerie Plame Wilson leaks. My bet is that Harold Rhode is the source of the Plame leak.

IRmep Applauds Indictment of AIPAC Operatives as a Productive First Step Toward Better U.S. Middle East Policy

U.S. Newswire : Releases : "IRmep Applauds Indictment of AIPAC Operatives as...": "IRmep Applauds Indictment of AIPAC Operatives as a Productive First Step Toward Better U.S. Middle East Policy

8/4/2005 3:44:00 PM

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Contact: Grant F. Smith of IRmep, 202-342-7325, info@IRmep.org
WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) applauds U.S. Attorney Paul McNulty's indictments of former AIPAC director Steve Rosen and senior analyst Keith Weissman.

Today's indictments reveal a new seriousness toward violations of a lobby that has long damaged U.S. policy in the Middle East. While any American under indictment is innocent until proven guilty, IRmep urges the prosecutor to maintain the momentum of the investigation. Are AIPAC's activities as an unregistered foreign agent and former election law violations cause for additional indictments? The Federal Election Committee (FEC) has previously ruled that AIPAC 'probably' violated U.S. election laws, but ended the case with no action. IRmep urges the U.S. Attorney to pick up where the FEC failed to uphold the law.

As Americans continue to insist on more transparent Middle East policy formulation and accountability, more are becoming involved in confronting the AIPAC by shining a light upon shadowy actors who have consistently thwarted productive U.S. policy.

Steve Rosen himself once said, "A lobby is like a night flower: It thrives in the dark and dies in the sun." (internal AIPAC memo, cited in the Jerusalem Post, August 24, 2004).

Americans who want more criminal prosecutions against AIPAC and other night flowers can now take ten actions to improve U.S. policy in the Middle East: http://www.IRmep.org/10/10.htm is a clip from an online educational "webinar" called "Ten Things Every American can do to Improve U.S. Middle East Policy". IRmep encourages Americans who feel endangered by the influence of AIPAC to acquire these empowerment tools for fixing our policy formulation process.

About the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, Inc. - http://www.IRmep.org Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy is a non-partisan; independent research organization dedicated to informing and educating the American people about U.S. policy formulation process toward the Middle East. The heart of the IRmep's work is academically driven research formatted and distributed to be highly usable by the U.S. policy making community. Broadly funded by individual donors, IRmep maintains an independent research agenda that is accurate, relevant and actionable.


Two Charged in Pentagon Information Leak - Yahoo! News

Two Charged in Pentagon Information Leak - Yahoo! News "Two Charged in Pentagon Information Leak By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer
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WASHINGTON - Two former employees of a pro- Israel lobbying organization were charged Thursday with conspiring to obtain and disclose classified U.S. defense information for five years.

A five-count indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., named Steven Rosen, formerly the director of foreign policy issues for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and Keith Weissman, the organization's former senior Iran analyst.

The charges follow the indictment in June of Pentagon analyst Lawrence A. Franklin, who is accused of leaking classified military information to an Israeli official and the AIPAC employees.

The lengthy FBI investigation that led to Thursday's charges has been closely followed in Washington, where AIPAC is an influential interest group. The case also has served as a reminder of a tense time in U.S.-Israeli relations: the 1985 spy scandal in which civilian Navy analyst Jonathan Pollard was caught spying for Israel.

The government is not accusing Franklin, Rosen and Weissman of espionage, although the FBI has questioned at least one Israeli official and also wants to talk to Naor Gilon, who recently returned to Israel after a stint as a senior diplomat in the Israeli embassy in Washington.

Israeli Embassy spokesman David Siegel said his country's diplomats have done nothing wrong. "We've seen no information to suggest anything to the contrary," Siegel said.

He acknowledged that U.S. officials have asked about questioning Gilon. "We've expressed our willingness to cooperate," he said.

Rosen, a top AIPAC lobbyist for 23 years, and Weissman disclosed sensitive information as far back as 1999 on a variety of topics, including al-Qaida, terrorist activities in Central Asia, the bombing of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia and U.S. policy in Iran, the indictment said. Among their contacts were U.S. and foreign government officials and reporters, the indictment said.

One unanswered question is how the men might have obtained classified material before they met Franklin, who specialized in Iranian and Middle Eastern affairs, in 2003. While the indictment suggests that at least two other U.S. government officials also were sources of classified information, no other charges are planned at this time, U.S. Attorney Paul McNulty said at a news conference in Alexandria.

McNulty said the men apparently were motivated by a desire to advance their personal agendas and careers by trading on prized information. "The facts alleged today tell a story of individuals who put their own interests and their own views of foreign policy ahead of American national security," McNulty said.

Rosen, 63, of Silver Spring, Md.; Weissman, 53, of Bethesda, Md.; and Franklin, 58, of Kearneysville, W.Va., are scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 16 in Alexandria.

"The charges in the indictment announced today are entirely unjustified," said Abbe Lowell, Rosen's attorney. John Nassikas, Weissman's lawyer, said, "We are disappointed that the government has decided to pursue these charges, which Mr. Weissman strongly denies."

Franklin previously pleaded innocent, but Thursday's indictment dropped one charge against him and he will be re-arraigned on the others. Prosecutors did not explain why they dropped the charge of communicating classified information to someone not authorized to receive it.

Plato Cacheris, Franklin's lawyer, said he had been expecting additional charges. He said Franklin cooperated with investigators for three months in 2004.

The investigation has been under way since at least 2001 and has included use of sophisticated electronic surveillance techniques, law enforcement officials have said. The indictment suggests that investigators were listening in on Rosen as far back as 1999, because the indictment includes a purported snippet of a conversation he had with an unidentified foreign official.

For the past two years, the FBI has focused on whether Franklin passed classified U.S. material on Iran and other matters to AIPAC, and whether that group in turn passed it on to Israel. Both AIPAC and Israel deny any wrongdoing. AIPAC fired Rosen and Weissman in April. "The organization does not seek, use or request anything but legally obtained appropriate information as part of its work," AIPAC spokesman Patrick Dorton said.

Israel has said it imposed a ban on espionage in the United States after the Pollard scandal. He was sentenced to life in prison. That case damaged U.S.-Israeli relations and remains a sore point between the countries.

Associated Press reporter Matthew Barakat in Alexandria, Va., contributed to this report"