The news of the arrest of Stewart David Nozette, a top government scientist, on charges of spying for Israel had barely hit when none other than Steve Rosen, former top AIPAC official and accused Israeli spy, piped up in Nozette’s defense. Some character witness! Rosen was recorded culling state secrets from Larry Franklin, formerly the Pentagon’s top Iran analyst, but the Department of Justice, under political pressure to drop the charges and up against a judge who gave the defense everything they asked for and more, chose not to go ahead with the trial—over the objections of the agents who had worked on the case. Notably, however, the department never retracted the charges.
In the Jerusalem Post, Rosen decried Nozette’s arrest as yet another example of antisemitic persecution in the FBI’s counterintelligence unit, which is supposedly part of a “faction” that is “obsessed” with Israeli spying:
One of the things that our case revealed is the very extreme views that are held by some in counterintelligence agencies of the CIA and FBI about Israel . . . They believe that the Mossad spied on the US on a huge scale and they believe that the Pollard case was the tip of some sort of iceberg.
Pollard didn’t act alone. We know this because he knew just which documents to pilfer, seeking them by name or serial number—information...