Magazine article Newsweek

Classified Info: Springing a Leak

Magazine article Newsweek

Classified Info: Springing a Leak

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Byline: Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff

One measure of how seriously the Feds are pursuing an investigation into whether a Pentagon analyst leaked secret information to a pro-Israel lobbying group is the fact that FBI agents showed up unannounced at the offices of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington late on the morning of Aug. 27 armed with a search warrant. The bureau could only have obtained the warrant by demonstrating probable cause that AIPAC's offices contained evidence of a crime. Investigators searched the office, took away documents and downloaded data from the computer of Steve Rosen, AIPAC's top foreign-policy expert; they questioned Rosen until he asked to consult a lawyer. AIPAC said it was cooperating with the investigation. But the group said none of its employees received or passed along information they "believed" to be classified.

Law-enforcement sources indicated early last week that arrests in the case might be imminent. But officials later said the U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria, Va., decided to hold up action to review the politically sensitive investigation. The FBI is trying to determine whether Pentagon analyst Larry Franklin, a veteran defense intelligence expert on Iran who later joined a controversial Pentagon policy office that helped plan and manage the Iraq war, passed info about confidential Bush administration policy deliberations on Iran to two AIPAC officials who happened to be under FBI surveillance. …

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