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Former Lobbyists and Colonel Charged Under Espionage Act

By May 4, 2005

Air Force Reserve Colonel Lawrence A. Franklin is charged for leaking U.S. policies toward Iran to Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman of the pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Rosen and Weissman are eventually charged for conspiracy to violate the Espionage Act for providing national security information to journalists and Israeli diplomats. In 2009, the charges are dropped.

Franklin is later convicted for leaking the information to Rosen and Weissman and sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison.

Noted First Amendment attorney, Floyd Abrams called this case “the single most dangerous case for free speech and free press.”