Why is accused spy Steve Rosen leading the charge against Chas Freeman, Obama's pick for the National Intelligence Council? Here's a great piece in the New Jersey Jewish News yesterday by Douglas Bloomfield, a former AIPAC staffer, on what's at stake in the Steve Rosen espionage case that the government might bring to trial in May:
raided AIPAC offices, the organization launched a fund-raising campaign
to defend against any charges, and the appeals for money didn’t stop
when it fired the pair. Since the scandal broke in 2004, AIPAC’s
fund-raising juggernaut has hauled in so much dough that one senior
staffer told me that “it’s coming in faster than we know what to do
JTA quoted tax records showing AIPAC raised $86 million in 2007,
doubling 2003’s $43 million. Not all of that money was a result of the
espionage case, but many millions were.
In cutting loose the
pair, AIPAC insisted it had no idea what they were doing. Not so, say
insiders, former colleagues, sources close to the defense, and others
familiar with the organization.
One of the topics AIPAC won’t want discussed, say these sources, is how closely it coordinated with Benjamin Netanyahu in the 1990s, when he led the Israeli Likud opposition and later when he was prime minister, to impede the Oslo peace process being pressed by President Bill Clinton and and .
That could not only validate AIPAC’s critics, who accuse it of being a branch of the Likud, but also lead to an investigation of violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
they don’t want out is that even though they publicly sounded like they
were supporting the Oslo process, they were working all the time to
undermine it,” said a well-informed source.