The Justice Department is asking a federal judge to dismiss all charges against Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman in the AIPAC leak case. It's about time. It was an idiotic case to begin with; the men were being prosecuted (under an ancient, seldom-used law) for receiving classified information passed orally -- not even on paper -- from a government stooge, and then passing it on to a reporter and to an official from the Israeli embassy. I'll gather up some reaction later, but suffice it to say that this day was long overdue. Rosen and Weissman did what a thousand reporters in Washington do everyday, hear about information that's technically classified. The only difference is that these two worked for a demonized lobby.Now, how many places are reporting that "the Israel Lobby squashed the case"? If you can't see why conspiracy theories are always misguided, think about that for a while.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Justice asks for AIPAC case to be dismissed
Jeffrey Goldberg reports: