A federal employee working as a career analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency is being charged with disclosing top secret information regarding American troops in Iraq. He is also being charged with keeping classified documents in his house.
According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Lawrence A. Franklin met with two people at a restaurant in Arlington, Virginia in June 2003 and provided these people with information in his possession regarding attacks on U.S. Forces in Iraq.
The complaint charges that the information could be used by foreign governments to determine how much information is possessed by the United States and how this confidential information has been obtained.
The complaint also states that the classified document was found in Franklin’s Pentagon office during an authorized search and that he admitted to having passed the confidential information to people who were not authorized to receive the information.
A search of Franklin’s house also resulted in finding 83 classified documents there and that the dates of the documents spanned three decades.
Other news reports state that the information was given to Israel through the American Israel Political Action Committee.
Israel has denied it has spied on the United States and the political action committee also denies it has engaged in espionage against the U.S.