Monday, June 13, 2005

Lawrence Franklin indicted for leaking classified info

I wrote about Lawrence (Larry) Franklin back in May and he's come back into the news today. He was indicted today in Alexandria, VA

::::::::WASHINGTON (AP) - A Pentagon analyst has been indicted on charges that he leaked classified military information to employees of a pro-Israel lobbying organization and an Israeli official, federal authorities said Monday.

The six-count indictment charges that Lawrence A. Franklin conspired to disclose national defense and classified information to people not entitled to receive it, including information about potential attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq.

None of the charges involves espionage. An FBI agent's affidavit that accompanied the criminal complaint against Franklin last month did not suggest that the disclosure endangered U.S. troops, but it said intelligence sources could have been compromised.

Franklin, a 58-year-old Air Force Reserve colonel who once worked for the Pentagon's No. 3 official, pleaded innocent to all counts Monday at a hearing in federal court in Alexandria, Va.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III set a Sept. 6 trial.

I hope to keep everyone advised on this one. We'll see where this goes.