9/27/2005

Perle, Wolfowitz, Faith had leaked intel to Israel. Probes dropped

One of the unluckiest guys in the nation’s capital turned out to be the Iran analyst who worked in Mr. Feith’s office. When Mr. Franklin approached Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee with classified information, they were already under surveillance by the FBI. Caught red-handed, Mr. Franklin began to cooperate with the FBI.

Mr. Rosen and Mr. Weissman were indicted just a few weeks after Mr. Franklin’s arrest. That indictment contained additional charges against Mr. Franklin, and according to an August 2004 Knight Ridder story the investigation extends beyond the mid-level analyst.

Citing three sources close to the investigation, the story by Warren P. Strobel described a probe that had been going on for more than two years and had focused on other civilians in the Secretary of Defense’s office.

Investigators were also trying to determine if Pentagon officials gave highly classified American intelligence to the Iraqi National Congress, which in turn may have passed the information to Iran. INC leader Ahmed Chalabi denied that his group had done anything wrong. Both investigations centered on Mr. Feith’s office.

In addition to these inquiries, the FBI has been reviewing past counter-intelligence probes that did not result in prosecutions. Among those investigated were Mr. Wolfowitz, Mr. Feith and Pentagon insider Richard Perle, the Asia Times reported.

While working for the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in 1978, Mr. Wolfowitz was investigated for passing a classified document to Israel that dealt with an arms sale to an Arab government. The probe was eventually dropped.

Mr. Feith was fired from President Reagan’s National Security Council in 1982 for leaking classified data to Israel, according to former counter-terrorism chief Vince Cannistraro, the UPI story said.

A close adviser to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Mr. Perle was picked up by an FBI wire tap as he discussed classified information with an Israeli embassy official in 1970. He was a member of Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson’s staff at the time, Mr. Lobe wrote.

Mr. Perle resigned from the chairmanship of the Defense Policy Board in 2003, Jim Lobe reported in the Asia Times.

He had also advised investors at a conference held by Goldman Sachs on the implications of possible U.S. conflicts with Iraq and North Korea. He had attended a Defense Intelligence Agency briefing on the matter just three weeks before, the Los Angeles Times said.

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