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Man Accused of Spying on the United States is Arrested

April 25, 2008 06:00 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
A New Jersey man stands accused of leaking U.S. military secrets to Israel two decades ago. The case is reminiscent of other spying scandals involving the ally.

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Ben-Ami Kadish, 84, was arrested in New Jersey this week on accusations that he gave United States military secrets to Israel in the 1980s. The case is linked to that of Jonathan Pollard, an American who pleaded guilty of spying for Israel in the 1980s, and is serving a life sentence.

Questions about Israel and spying on the United States were also raised in 2004 when a Pentagon official was accused of giving secrets to someone affiliated with the lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Though Israel has officially denied any of knowledge of Kadish, the Jerusalem Post reports that the government has ordered an investigation, and has concerns about the incident’s impact on President George W. Bush’s planned visit to Israel.

If Kadish is ultimately convicted, his case will harm Israel, says Yossi Melman, a correspondent at newspaper Haaretz.

Israel, like most countries, takes its secrets seriously. Israel went as far as to kidnap and imprison one of its citizens in 1986 after he blew the whistle on the country’s atomic weapons program.

Headline Links: Man accused of spying for Israel

Opinion & Analysis: Allegations won’t help Israel

Background: Past spying scandals

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