Possible CIA candidate was accused of Mossad connections

According to an article by Andrew Sullivan writing in “The Atlantic” on April 20th, 2009: “ Rep. Jane Harman … was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department to reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington. Harman was recorded saying she would “waddle into” the AIPAC case “if you think it’ll make a difference,” according to two former senior national security officials familiar with the NSA transcript…

“In exchange for Harman’s help, the sources said, the suspected Israeli agent pledged to help lobby Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., then-House minority leader, to appoint Harman chair of the Intelligence Committee after the 2006 elections, which the Democrats were heavily favored to win. Seemingly wary of what she had just agreed to, according to an official who read the NSA transcript, Harman hung up after saying, “This conversation doesn’t exist.”

In fact, this conversation took place in 2005, and the “Israeli agent” involved may well have been an American with dual U.S. – Israeli citizenship.

According to Wikipedia, Jane Harman left office as a member of the House of Representatives early in 2011, the year that her husband died.  She appears to be worth somewhat in excess of a quarter of a billion dollars, and her religion is Judaism.

Quite apart from the allegations stemming from the 2005 wiretap, she is 67 years old, and would not on the face of it appear to be a serious contender for such a powerful job, although she did spend some time serving on the Committee on Homeland Security.

Wikipedia tells us that according to the privately-owned Congressional Quarterly, “then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales pressed Central Intelligence Agency Director Porter Goss to drop the agency’s investigation of Harman because he wanted Harman’s support during the NSA warrantless surveillance controversy about to break in The New York Times. Harman called The New York Times and urged them not to publish details on the program. Gonzales and Goss declined to comment.”

Harman’s and AIPAC’s protestations notwithstanding, the evidence contained in the wiretap is devastating, and should have resulted in her facing very grave charges.

For her name to even come up in relation to such a powerful position is astounding, bearing in mind the virtual certainty that the vast amounts of information to which she would become privy would likely be passed on to Israel.

Something to think about.

Jeff Goodall.

Read Andrew Sullivan‘s article “Caught in the AIPAC” here.

Read Alison Weir on this issue here – several useful links.

See Jane Harman’s Wikipedia entry here.

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