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    FBI seeks to probe senior Israeli diplomat in Pentagon spy case By Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondent July 28, 2005
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      FBI seeks to probe senior Israeli diplomat in Pentagon spy case
      By Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondent
      July 28, 2005

      The Federal Bureau of Investigation is demanding that Naor Gilon, head
      of the political department at the Israeli embassy in Washington, be
      interrogated in connection to the Pentagon spy case.

      It is possible the FBI will also want to interrogate other Israeli
      diplomats in connection with Pentagon analyst Lawrence Franklin, an
      Iran expert under investigation for allegedly passing classified
      documents to Israel via the American Israel Public Affairs Committee

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

      According to accepted practice, Israeli civil servants have immunity
      and cannot be investigated by foreign countries about actions taken in
      their work capacity, and it appears that Israel would like this
      immunity applied in the current affair.

      The demand to investigate Gilon's role and possibly also that of other
      Israeli representatives is the clearest indication that the Americans
      believe Israel is involved in the Franklin case, which until now has
      been presented as an internal American affair.

      It is also another stumbling block in the ties between Israel and the
      United States, which have grown less close since President George W.
      Bush was elected for a second term. The Franklin affair comes on the
      heels of a crisis between the two countries over Israeli sales of arms
      to China.

      According to a report on Channel 10 Wednesday night, FBI agents are
      planning to come to Israel shortly to deal with the case.

      Israeli sources confirmed that there had been developments with regard
      to the Franklin-AIPAC case but said that no federal agents had yet
      arrived here. They said the issue is being dealt with by the legal
      adviser to the Foreign Ministry, Ehud Keinan, in conjunction with the
      Justice Ministry.



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