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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

American arrested for giving nuclear secrets to Israel

It's deja vu all over again.

Haaretz has a brief item from al-Reuters reporting that an American Jew has been arrested and charged with giving nuclear secrets to Israel in the 1980's.
U.S. authorities arrested an American engineer on Tuesday on suspicion of giving military secrets involving nuclear weapons, fighter jets and air defense missiles to Israel during the 1980s, the Justice Department said.

Ben-Ami Kadish, a Connecticut-born U.S. citizen who worked at an Army engineering center in New Jersey, was suspected of reporting to the same Israeli government handler who dealt with Jonathan Jay Pollard, who is serving a life term on a charge of spying for Israel.

Court papers say Kadish's spying lasted roughly from 1979 to 1985, and his contact with the unidentified Israeli handler continued until March of this year.
I don't buy this one. The 'contact continued with the unidentified Israeli handler' is a way of making sure that the statute of limitations doesn't go stale on it. If the US government really thinks this guy gave military secrets to Israel, why hasn't it arrested him since 1985? What were they waiting for?


JPost has named Kadish's alleged 'handler.'
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.

A Defense Ministry official told the Jerusalem Post that the defense establishment had no knowledge of the affair and learned about it from the US media.
New York's Channel 7 is reporting that Yagur left the United States in November 1985 - the same month that Pollard was arrested - and has not returned since (Hat Tip: NY Nana). My comments above stand.


Haaretz is now reporting that Kadish is 84-years old. This gets more ridiculous by the minute.


This story has been updated with video here and here.


At 8:06 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The story makes no sense. Since Israel already has nuclear weapons or the ability to manufacture them on short notice, why would it need to steal American nuclear secrets?

I don't buy it.

At 8:11 PM, Blogger Kae Gregory said...

I agree with you. Whether or not he spied at one time or another is immaterial, this has Rice's fingerprints all over it imho. She needs more pressure applied to Ohmert to get moving carving up the country. It's legacy time after all and time is running out.

At 8:22 PM, Blogger edmund said...

I know its impossible for you to think this article is the truth, but its on the department of justice's website (http://www.usdoj.gov/)
and (http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2008/April/08_nsd_324.html)

Funny how America's friends are doing all the backstabbing.

At 8:31 PM, Blogger Kae Gregory said...

Thirty years to bring charges? What were they waiting on - warmer weather?

At 8:36 PM, Blogger Krupal said...

The Person who passes his country's state secrets to other country has a name .. its "TRAITOR"

At 8:50 PM, Blogger Kae Gregory said...

I'm not condoning spying. I'm also not naive enough to believe that the U.S. doesn't spy on its friends as well. It's the timing that stinks here. You can't tell me it took them twenty five years to discover that this guy had been spying. The implications of that, with regards to the U.S.'s ability to detect and prevent spying for now, in this present time, would be far worse than any spying that had occurred then, imho.

At 9:15 PM, Blogger Nannette said...

It's time Israel indicted the dozens of US spies in the little country.

Let's see how it feels when the shoe is on the other foot for a change!

At 10:19 PM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...

I cannot see any reason for this to be 'revealed' at this point in time, if they actually really knew anything earlier...and am also of the opinion that it makes no sense...and yes, Condi is the most likely one to want to make it a big story. What State, and/or the DOD have on their sites are whatever they want to spin.And we are in the middle of a very messy election.

At 84 years of age?

I do not condone spying, but for anyone to find him guilty before a trial is rather disingenuous, at best.

Thanks for the hat tip, Carl, and especially for always being on top of the story.


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