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Israeli Spies, Exposed: Only the Beginning

It was a sizzling June afternoon in 2003 when the Pentagon’s top Iran analyst, Lawrence Franklin, walked in off the hot pavement into the cool recesses of the Tivoli restaurant in Arlington, Virginia, and offered to commit espionage against the United States—and the FBI recorded every word.

It wasn’t just serendipity that caught this traitor in the act.  Our G-men were already recording the conversation among three diners—Naor Gilon, head of the political department at the Israeli embassy in Washington; Steve Rosen, the spark plug behind the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and its hugely successful lobbying operation; and Keith Weissman, AIPAC’s Iran specialist—as part of an ongoing investigation into Israeli spying in the United States.  All very routine, just another day in the work of the FBI’s counterintelligence unit.  However, as Michael Isikoff reported in Newsweek, Franklin’s abrupt appearance shocked them: “Suddenly, and quite unexpectedly, in the description of one intelligence official,” Franklin “walked in to the lunch out of the blue.”  The agents listened as Franklin proceeded to divulge the contents of a U.S. government document marked “top secret,” which raised the possibility of attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq by forces allied with Iran.

The FBI placed Franklin under close surveillance, tracking his...

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