‘Ally’ Caught Spying on U.S. Yet Again
Jewish-American engineer latest in long line of Israeli agents nabbed stealing military secrets
By the Staff of American Free Press
The arrest of a New Jersey engineer on charges of conspiracy to pass U.S. military secrets to Israel shows a consistent, continued pattern of spying on its major benefactor, the United States, according to espionage experts.
“The Israelis have always been active intelligence collectors in the U.S. It’s just a matter of time in terms of when we have sufficient evidence to bring one of the cases,” said John Martin, retired senior U.S. Department of Justice executive who oversaw the investigation and prosecution of espionage cases in the U.S. for more than 30 years, including that of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. Pollard is currently serving his 23rd year of a life sentence in federal prison in North Carolina for passing highly classified information to Israel.
“[The Israelis] got caught again, and they’ll get caught again after this,” said Martin, referring to the recent indictment by the U.S. government of Ben-Ami Kadish, a former U.S. military engineer who allegedly helped give restricted nuclear weapons data, classified jet fighter weapons system data and key information on the Patriot missile system to Israel between 1979 and 1985.
Martin said Pollard and Kadish likely did not know each other. “As a
matter of trade-craft, the Israeli intelligence service would not want one operative to know the other unless it was absolutely necessary, and it does not appear to have been necessary.
Pollard was in the Navy stealing highly classified communication information while Kadish was getting information on the latest developments in aircraft technology,” said Martin.
Pollard’s wife Esther, who married Pollard after he was sent to prison, told ABC News that her husband was in no way connected to Kadish. “Any attempt to connect these allegations to my husband adds insult to injury. He has served more than five times the usual time for espionage,” she said. Pollard’s first wife, Anne, served three and a half years of a five-year sentence on a charge related to Pollard’s.
Kadish was charged with conspiracy to violate the Espionage Act, which is a capital offense. The U.S. does not usually seek the death penalty for such a charge, according to Martin. Kadish’s lawyer, Bruce Goldstein, said Kadish has entered a plea of not guilty. He would not comment further.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, Arye Mekel, said he knew nothing about the case against Kadish. “We heard about it from the media,” he said, but would not comment further.
(Issue # 19, May 12, 2008)