Unbelievably, the third worst scenario is now playing out. AIPAC has fired the two men who are under investigation by the FBI, policy director Steve Rosen and senior analyst Keith Weissman. Their lawyers are strongly denying any wrongdoing by the two men, but AIPAC seems to be distancing itself aggressively.
The government employee, Larry Franklin, used by the FBI to entrap the two AIPAC officers has returned to work for the government in a new job, but has stopped cooperating with law enforcement and, I presume, prosecutors. He’s also secured an attorney who specializes in “spy” cases. It seems the FBI set him up and then offered him a way out by suggesting a way to entrap Rosen and Weissman. Franklin apparently provided them with information about an imminent Iranian attack on Israelis and information about a Presidential directive as to how the matter might be handled. The two AIPAC officers are accused of having illegally passed the information on to Israeli officials.
The lawyers representing Rosen and Weissman are publicly stating that, “”Contrary to press accounts, they have never solicited, received, or passed on any classified documents.” One can only hope they are telling the truth.
The second worst scenario would happen if this matter actually goes to trial and would be doubly bad if they are convicted of the crime. The worst scenario would have them go to trial and lose, but have AIPAC itself implicated in some way.
I keep hoping this isn’t true, but as time marches on the situation is looking grimmer.