Spies, spies, everywhere are spies…
One you’ve likely heard about, from ABC News:
The discovery that a former White House staff member allegedly used his top secret clearance to steal classified intelligence documents indicates there are serious gaps in high-level White House security, a former White House counterterrorism expert says.
“What it means is that there is a hole in White House security,” Richard Clarke, a former White House adviser who is now an ABC News consultant. “There are two kinds of people at the White House: Those that have been very well-vetted and those that have been extremely well-vetted and have access to the top secret computer network. This man had access to the top secret computer network.”
Sources tell ABC News that Leandro Aragoncillo, a U.S. Marine most recently assigned to the staff of Vice President Dick Cheney, stole classified material from the vice president’s office, included damaging dossiers on the president of the Philippines, and then passed them on to opposition politicians planning a coup in the Pacific nation. Sources said a former Philippine president has admitted that he received some information from the alleged spy. The case was first reported by ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross.
Aragoncillo, 46, worked undetected at the White House for almost three years. Both the FBI and CIA are calling it the first case of espionage within the White House in modern history.
Federal investigators say Aragoncillo is a naturalized citizen from the Philippines. Aragoncillo worked at the White House from 1999 to 2001 and was assigned to the vice president’s office under both Al Gore and Cheney.
Last year, after leaving the Marines, Aragoncillo was caught by the FBI while he worked for the bureau at an intelligence center at Fort Monmouth, N.J. Aragoncillo began sending classified information and documents in January while working at Fort Monmouth, according to an FBI complaint. From May to Aug. 15 of this year, the complaint said, he printed or downloaded 101 classified documents relating to the Philippines, of which 37 were classified “secret.” He sent some of the material to Michael Ray Aquino, a former deputy director of the Philippines national police who lives in New York City, the complaint said.
…And one you may not have. From the AP:
A top Pentagon analyst with expertise in the Middle East pleaded guilty Wednesday to giving classified information to an Israeli embassy official and members of a pro-Israel lobbying group.
Lawrence A. Franklin, 58, said during a plea hearing that he was frustrated with the government and that he had hoped the two members of the lobbying group could use their connections at the National Security Council to influence U.S. policy.
He also admitted giving classified information to a political official at the Israeli embassy, but said the information he received from the official was far more valuable than what he gave.
“I knew in my heart that his government had this information,” Franklin said. “He gave me far more information than I gave him.”
Franklin, of Kearneysville, W.Va., pleaded guilty to two conspiracy counts and a charge of unlawful retention of national defense information.
He faces up to 25 years in prison but is expected to get far less under federal sentencing guidelines. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III set sentencing for Jan. 20.
Franklin, who was one of the Pentagon’s policy experts on
Iran and the Middle East, was indicted in June on five charges.
The two officials at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee who allegedly received information also have been charged with conspiring to obtain and disclose classified U.S. defense information.
AIPAC fired Steven Rosen, of Silver Spring, Md., and Keith Weissman, of Bethesda, Md., in April. Both the lobbying organization and Israel have denied any wrongdoing.
According to the indictment, Franklin met periodically with Rosen and Weissman between 2002 and 2004 and discussed classified information, including information about potential attacks on U.S. troops in
Rosen and Weissman would subsequently share what they learned with reporters and Israeli officials. On at least one occasion, Franklin spoke directly to an Israeli official.
Rosen, a top lobbyist for Washington-based AIPAC for more than 20 years, and Weissman, the organization’s top Iran expert, allegedly disclosed sensitive information as far back as 1999 on a variety of topics, including al-Qaida, terrorist activities in Central Asia, the bombing of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia and U.S. policy in Iran, according to the indictment.
Franklin at one time worked for the Pentagon’s No. 3 official, policy undersecretary Douglas Feith, on issues involving Iran and the Middle East.
The great neocon Zionist conspiracy could not be reached for comment—though a spokesperson for Cindy Sheehan did call to point out that the arrests of these Israeli sympathizers is “conclusive and irrefutable proof” that the “Jew conspiracy is so deep and cunning” that it “sanctions the arrests and convictions its own” operatives, then, via its control of the US Press, “superficially covers up that conspiracy in such a way that they know will prove ineffective, thus giving them plausible deniability.” And this maneuver is pulled off precisely by deflecting attention onto the “comparable” offense of a poor brown Marine, which keeps the Jew story buried—just another in a long line of moves that proves George Bush doesn’t care about vicious babykilling military scum like this duped imperialist footsoldier for oil, who he’s willing to scapegoat in order to protect his sneaky Zionists bedfellows.