AIPAC - translation to french
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AIPAC - translation to french

Lawrence Franklin; AIPAC spy scandal; Keith Weissman; AIPAC espionage scandal; Larry Franklin

AIPAC, American Israeli Political Activity Committee; American organization which works to strengthen and improve political relations between the United States and Israel


Lawrence Franklin espionage scandal

The Lawrence Franklin espionage scandal involved Lawrence Franklin passing classified documents regarding United States policy towards Iran to Israel. Franklin, a former United States Department of Defense employee, pleaded guilty to several espionage-related charges and was sentenced in January 2006 to nearly 13 years of prison, which was later reduced to ten months' house arrest. Franklin passed information to American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy director Steven Rosen and AIPAC senior Iran analyst Keith Weissman, who were fired by AIPAC. They were then indicted for illegally conspiring to gather and disclose classified national security information to Israel. However, prosecutors later dropped all charges against them without any plea bargain.

On June 11, prosecutors asked Judge T. S. Ellis III to reduce Franklin's sentence to eight years for his cooperation. Judge Ellis said the dropping of the case against Rosen and Weissman was a "significant" factor in the sentencing of Franklin and sentenced him to ten months' house arrest along with 100 hours of community service. Ellis said Franklin's community service should consist of "speaking to young people about the importance of public officials obeying the law".

Examples of use of AIPAC
1. Hillary Clinton lors d´un dîner de l´Aipac, le Comité des affaires publiques américano–israélien Photo: Keystone ETATS–UNIS.