Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Spy Games

The Jerusalem Post is reporting the arrest of a mechanical engineer at a US Army research center for spying for Israel:
The US attorney in Manhattan and FBI officials Tuesday described the arrest of Ben-ami Kadish.

They alleged Kadish committed the crimes from 1979 through 1985 when he was a mechanical engineer at an Army research center in Dover, New Jersey. He allegedly committed the offenses at the same time as Jonathan Pollard was conducting his espionage activities. Channel 10 reported that Kadish's handler was Yosef Yagur - the former scientific attache at the Israeli consulate in New York City who connected Pollard to the Israeli intelligence establishment.

Investigators believe Kadish, who was born in Connecticut, took home secret documents and let the Israeli government worker photograph them. Prosecutors say it was the same consulate employee who received information from convicted Pentagon spy Jonathan Pollard. Authorities contend the Kadish documents included information about nuclear weapons, a modified version of an F-15 fighter jet and the Patriot missile defense system.

Egad, not another Pollard spy scenario was my first thought, and then I thought, with this kind of clearance rate - any outstanding espionage issues from - say today - should be cleared by the FBI around 2028.

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