Thursday, August 10, 2006

That was quick

In an Aug 10 update to the story below about Ariel Weinmann deserting his post and spying for Israel - the US Navy now says Weinmann is not spy for Israel.

The Navel investigator has recommended a set of preferred charges against Weinmann -

To date, the navy has completed an initial investigation and brought a set of initial charges, called preferred charges, against Weinmann. The preferred charges include desertion, larceny, destroying US military property, failure to obey orders or regulations, and espionage.
Specifically, it is alleged that while serving at or near Bahrain, Mexico, and Austria, Weinmann "with intent or reason to believe it would be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of a foreign nation, [attempted] to communicate, deliver or transmit classified CONFIDENTIAL and SECRET information relating to the national defense, to a representative, officer, agent or employee of a foreign government."

The preferred charges also include stealing a military laptop "of a value of more than $500.00," and "willfully [destroying] a laptop computer hard drive, of some value, by smashing it with a mallet and cutting off the pins," the Navy charge sheet states. - Jerusalem Post, Aug 11.

Although these sound like they are close tospying for Israel, in fact these charges put responsibility solely on Weinmann, and not in any way on Israel.

Sounds to me like someone at the Navy was threatened - get Israel out of the story or we'll MelGibsonize you.


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