Friday, January 20, 2006

Lawrence Franklin gets 12 years for disclosing classified information

Well, it's been a long time since we've heard anything about Lawrence Franklin. The last time was that he was pleading guilty to the charges being leveled against him. Today it's about his sentence: 12 years and 7 months.

::::::::A former Pentagon analyst was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison on Friday for passing U.S. defense information to two pro-Israel lobbyists and for sharing classified information with an Israeli diplomat.

Lawrence Franklin, 59, who previously worked as an analyst in the office of the secretary of defense, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge T. S. Ellis. Franklin had pleaded guilty in October to sharing the information and also to illegally possessing classified documents.

Franklin had faced up to 25 years in prison. His sentence could still be reduced further because of his cooperation with the government which is still prosecuting a case against the two remaining defendants in the case -- former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group.

Ellis said Franklin would not have to go to jail to start serving his sentence until he is finished cooperating.

This is what's supposed to happen when you intentionally mishandle and disclosed classified information. As I've mentioned on several occasions, this man's politics and who he released the info to are immaterial. I'm glad to see there's been a real consequence to that action.

Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin