AIPAC mole cites FBI anti-Semitism

The former Pentagon official at the center of the classified information case involving AIPAC staffers accused some FBI agents of displaying anti-Semitism.

Larry Franklin, an Iran analyst in 2004 when he helped the FBI set up a sting targeting Keith Weissman, AIPAC’s former Iran analyst, and Steve Rosen, its former policy chief, said some of his FBI handlers at times appeared to be motivated by hostility to Jews.

“One agent said to me, ‘How can an Irish Catholic from the Bronx get mixed up with all these …’ and I finished the sentence for him: ‘Jews?’” Franklin said in an interview published July 31 by the Washington Times. He said not all agents dealing with him were anti-Semitic, but some asked him to identify Jews in the Pentagon. The FBI declined comment.

The FBI caught Franklin removing classified information from the Pentagon to his West Virginia home and revealing classified information, then co-opted him in an attempt to build a case against the lobbyists, according to Franklin.

The government charged Rosen and Weissman with dealing in classified information in 2005 and also charged Franklin, despite his cooperation; he pleaded guilty, and a federal judge reduced his sentence from nearly 13 years to probation. The government’s case against Rosen and Weiss-man was dropped. — jta