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July 22, 2005
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Naor Gilon, the Israeli diplomat at the center of federal investigations of a former Pentagon official and former AIPAC staffers, is returning to Israel. Officials at the Israeli Embassy in Washington held a goodbye party Wednesday for Gilon, the embassy’s chief political officer, and several other departing staffers. Two former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee are expected to be indicted for receiving classified information from Larry Franklin, a former Pentagon Iran specialist, and passing it to Gilon. Franklin also is accused of passing information directly to Gilon. David Segal, spokesman for the embassy, said Gilon’s departure after three years is unrelated to the controversy, and is part of “normal diplomatic rotation.”

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