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June 20, 2005
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Two former AIPAC employees facing indictment on espionage charges shared allegedly classified information with their boss, JTA has learned. Howard Kohr, executive director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, had no idea that the information in a conversation last July with Steve Rosen, AIPAC’s policy director, and in an e-mail he received from Keith Weissman, an AIPAC Iran analyst, was classified, sources said. Weissman and Rosen, who were fired by AIPAC in March, also claim not to have known the information was classified. They face indictment this month or next, sources say. Lawrence Franklin, a Pentagon Iran analyst, allegedly told Weissman that Iranian agents planned to kidnap, torture and kill Israeli agents supposedly in northern Iraq, and sources say Weissman and Rosen relayed that information to Kohr, an Israeli Embassy official and a Washington Post reporter.

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