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    Update on the AIPAC Espionage Case Council for the National Interest Foundation May 3, 2006 http://www.cnionline.org/ The Institute for Research: Middle
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      Update on the AIPAC Espionage Case
      Council for the National Interest Foundation
      May 3, 2006
      http://www.cnionline.org/


      The Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, an independent
      Washington-based policy research institute, has addressed three
      recent statements to the upcoming trial of former AIPAC officials
      Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman who have been indicted for espionage
      and giving classified documents to the Israeli government. Larry
      Franklin, formerly an analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency,
      has been convicted for his part in these transactions and is
      currently serving a 12-year jail term. IRMep's latest press release
      regarding a correction it is seeking from the Washington Post neatly
      summarizes the state of the Rosen-Weissman indictment.

      IRMep has just published a book on "how the Neoconservatives broke
      the law to receive America" called "Deadly Dogma." The author is
      Grant F. Smith, and it is available from their website,
      www.irmep.org. This release is being sent with IRMep's permission.



      On Saturday, April 29, 2006 the Washington Post will issue a
      correction to a Walter Pincus story about the AIPAC espionage case.

      The correction comes at the insistence of IRmep after a one month
      process working through the newspaper's Ombudsman office. At first
      Ombudsman Deborah Howell was reluctant to issue a correction about
      the espionage statutes. At stake was a citation in an AIPAC espionage
      trial story in which reporter Walter Pincus misquoted the 1917
      Espionage Act. The Act is used to prosecute persons suspected of
      relaying classified information which can be used to "the injury of
      the United States or to the advantage of a foreign country."

      After receiving numerous examples from IRmep of how Pincus' mistake
      was being propagated into other stories trivializing AIPAC
      lobbyistWeissman and Rosen's alleged criminal activities, yesterday
      the Post finally gave in and committed to a correction of the story.

      IRmep is still concerned that the Washington Post and other
      newspapers of record are trying to portray the prosecution of
      Weissman and Rosen as a looming threat to journalists' ability to
      cover national security issues. Other Pincus articles have quoted
      verbatim the defense team's assertion that prosecuting two lobbyists
      for espionage activity is a threat to freedom of speech.

      http://www.antiwar.com/orig/gsmith.php?articleid=8891

      IRmep believes this is nonsense, but the presiding judge in the case,
      T.S. Ellis, is still considering a motion to dismiss the charges on
      the basis of the freedom of speech argument. He will rule on the
      defense team's motion to dismiss on May 23, 2006.

      http://www.fas.org/sgp/jud/aipac022706.pdf

      Before that date, IRmep will attempt to file another amicus brief to
      the court demonstrating that the Espionage statute functions as a
      sort of "regulation FD". Fair Disclosure is the SEC rule that
      protects small investors by regulating the disclosure of material
      information on publicly traded companies to prevent "insider trading".

      http://www.sec.gov/rules/final/33-7881.htm

      By allegedly recruiting former Pentagon official Lawrence Franklin
      (sentenced to 12 years in prison) to disclose classified information
      in return for a potential job on the National Security Council,
      Weissman and Rosen were in no way exercising "freedom of speech", but
      rather corrupting US Middle East policy formulation to the detriment
      of all Americans.

      IRmep considers the Rosen and Weissman criminal trial to be a
      potential turning point in overhauling a broken US policy formulation
      process. A successful prosecution could mean the permanent removal of
      one of the most damaging unregistered foreign agents ever activated
      in the United States: the American
      Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

      Removing AIPAC will level the playing field and outlaw trading inside
      information for unwarranted influence. After AIPAC a broader array of
      important policy voices will be heard in Washington.


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