AIPAC Espionage Case Dismissal Gambit Fails
Report; Posted on: 2006-08-11 01:23:40
The government's case against Rosen and Weissman hinges on applying the Espionage Act
by Grant F. Smith
An Aug. 9, 2006, opinion by presiding Judge T.S. Ellis III has dealt a decisive blow to forces supporting full dismissal of the AIPAC espionage case. Defendants Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, formerly employed by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington, D.C., are charged with "cultivating relationships" with government officials cleared to access sensitive U.S. national security information, obtaining classified information from these officials, and transmitting the information to persons not otherwise entitled to receive it. Recipients of purloined U.S. national security information allegedly trafficked by AIPAC included members of the media, foreign policy analysts, and Israeli government officials.
The government's case against Rosen and Weissman hinges on applying the Espionage Act, which states,
"[W]hoever, lawfully or unlawfully having possession of, access to, control over, or being entrusted with any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blue print, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, willfully communicates or transmits or attempts to communicate or transmit the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it on demand to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it … shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000, or by imprisonment for not more than two years, or both."
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