Case Against Israeli Spies May Be Dropped
April 21st, 2009
Sources: Feds may drop classified leak case
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is considering dropping its case against two former pro-Israel lobbyists accused of illegally disclosing national defense secrets, government officials said Tuesday.
Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman were charged in 2005 with conspiring to obtain classified documents and sharing them with reporters and former diplomats. Like other cases centered around espionage and classified information, a critical issue in pretrial hearings has been how much of the government’s case must be aired in open court.
An indictment charged that Rosen and Weissman conspired to obtain, and then disclosed, classified reports on issues relevant to American policy, including the al-Qaida terror network, the bombing of the Khobar Towers dormitory in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. Air Force personnel and U.S. policy in Iran. Full Story