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AIPAC Challenged In Court Over Espionage, Gov't
Document Theft- IRmep
Washington, DC. On January 10, 2011, the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee was challenged in the District of Columbia Superior
Court over its past receipt, duplication and redistribution of US
government classified documents.
AIPAC, defending itself from
plaintiff and former employee Steven J. Rosen's $20 million defamation
suit, attempted to minimize its role as the target of an FBI
investigation conducted between 1984 and 1987. At issue was
whether AIPAC's past receipt, use, and duplication of a US government
classified report secretly delivered by the Israeli embassy constituted
wrongdoing. The classified document, Probable Economic Effect of
Providing Duty Free Treatment for U.S. Imports from Israel,
Investigation No. 332-180 was a compilation of "business confidential"
information the International Trade Commission and US Trade
Representative solicited from US industry and worker groups. The
report was part of the advice and consent deliberative process over
whether the US should enter into a bilateral trade agreement with
On January 3, 2011, AIPAC filed statements in court
about the "USTR document obtained by AIPAC in 1984" claiming
"..following an FBI investigation of the matter, AIPAC was cleared of
any wrongdoing and the document that framed the basis of the
investigation contained no classified national defense information."
AIPAC then filed a copy of an August 13, 1984 FBI Washington Field
Office investigation summary, first obtained by author Grant F. Smith
under the Freedom of Information Act in 2009, to substantiate its
Smith, author of the 2009 book "Spy Trade" disputed
AIPAC's claims in a 52 page legal brief filed yesterday. "The
Defendant fails to mention that the investigation of AIPAC...grew in
intensity for another two and a half years...as a theft of government
property investigation since it involved AIPAC's possession of US
government information classified at the level of 'confidential.'"
Smith's full filing, available at
http://www.IRmep.org/ila/rosen/ substantiates growing claims that
AIPAC is still liable for hundreds of millions in economic damages
suffered by 74 organizations that provided the confidential business
information circulated by AIPAC. According to Smith, "The
Defendant describes AIPAC's possession of..[the classified report] and
the FBI investigation as 'ancient' and 'irrelevant to this action.'
Nothing could be further from the truth. To the contrary, the
negative consequences of AIPAC's possession of this particular
classified document grow more obvious and disturbing every year."
Israel Lobby Archive:
http://irmep.org/ILA/rosen/ (recent court filings and exhibits
Discussion of case.
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