Thursday, May 05, 2005
Pentagon leaking Intel to Israel
Franklin, an analyst on the Iranian desk in the Pentagon, turned himself in to the FBI yesterday morning and was placed under arrest.
"There is probable cause to believe that Lawrence Anthony Franklin knowingly and unlawfully disclosed classified information relating to the national security defense, that is, with reason to believe that it could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of a foreign nation," said Special FBI Agent Catherine Hanna.
See also Pentagon Analyst Charged With Disclosing Military Secrets
From The Gorilla in the Room:
The charges made public today are just the tip of the iceberg.
A much larger issue relates to Iran, since it's already come out that Franklin also gave senior AIPAC officials Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman a draft presidential decision directive which would have (if approved) made regime change rather than negotiation official U.S. policy toward Iran.
The reason Franklin (and possibly whoever at a higher level sent him,) wanted AIPAC to know about the draft directive was to coordinate pressure on Congress and the Bush Administration to back military strikes on Iran, a major policy goal of the Israeli government.