Monday, January 23, 2006

Ripples from the Franklin trial

As I have noted here on several occasions, the conviction of Larry Franklin is an important event that may erode the intimate (and as the Franklin case shows, illegal) access of pro-Israel lobbyists to U.S. policymakers. Here we hear just such concerns voiced by some of the leading figures on the scene.
Haaretz - Israel News: "Two days after former Pentagon analyst Larry A. Franklin was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in jail for sharing classified information with pro-Israel lobbyists, several American Jewish community leaders echoed a single refrain: There's reason to worry, but no need to feel like this is a crisis.

Anti-Defamation League director Abe Foxman said the Franklin affair could potentially pose a threat to all Jewish lobbyists.

Foxman said it is not clear what exactly is allowed in terms of the relationships between the administration and the media and between nongovernmental organizations and foreign governments. The lack of clarity, he said, could have a destructive influence on the activities of all U.S. Jewish groups."

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