How Far Does the Israeli Spy Case Go?
|The first reaction from Washington insiders to news reports that the FBI was hot on the trail of an Israeli spy inside the Pentagon was to wonder what a spy could possibly tell the Israelis they dont already know. Since this administration, most of the Congress and its staff, and much of the media are all riddled with lobbyists for and friends, sympathizers, and outright supporters of Israel, a spy for Tel Aviv would be rather like the Maytag repairman. Who would bother to call him?
Nevertheless, the news stories about what turns out to have been an FBI counterintelligence investigation that started two years ago have not gone away. Indeed, the more recent reports lend more credibility to the Israeli spy theory than the earlier ones.
Lawrence Franklin, the Pentagon analyst named as the subject of the investigation, works in the same office as his supervisor, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith, who is himself part of the now-notorious cabal of neoconservative policy-makers who promoted war with Iraq from at least the days after the 9/11 attacks. Along with
And they are not alone. Yet another figure surfacing in the case is Michael Ledeen, also a prominent neoconservative, who was involved in the Iran-Contra affair of the 1980s, when he served as the conduit between the Israeli and U.S. governments in kicking off the whole covert business. Now, Mr. Ledeen is reported to have held meetings with
Well, there might be a number of reasons, ranging from the obvious (the investigation is far from complete) to the speculative (political interference by some very powerful people inside the administration). What people exactly? Well, some of the very ones at whom the FBI is looking.
The Washington Post reports that FBI investigators have specifically asked about a group of neoconservatives involved in defense issues, including Mr. Feith,
But the reaction to the whole story from both the subjects of the investigation and their buddies in the neoconservative media has been to deny everything and insinuate anti-Semitism.
Friends and associates of the civilian group at the Pentagon, the New York Times reports, believe they are under assault by adversaries from within the intelligence community who have opposed them since before the war in Iraq.
The anti-Semitism card, always a favorite with neoconservatives, was played almost immediately by neocon David Frum, the ex-speechwriter for President Bush who gave the world the phrase axis of evil, and co-author of a recent book with
Well, maybe though it might be helpful if
But the shoes that fit are leaving footprints that lead straight back to the Wolfowitz-Feith-Ledeen-Perle-Frum axis inside the Pentagon and perhaps to a massive foreign espionage operation on the scale of the Alger Hiss case of the 1940s. It would not be surprising if some very powerful people dont want those footprints followed too far.
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