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23 January 2006

Defense Department Report, January 23: Former Analyst Prison Bound

Franklin sentenced to 12 years for misuse of classified information

A former Pentagon analyst, who was an expert on Iran, has been sentenced to more than a dozen years in prison for his role in passing classified intelligence to an Israeli diplomat and two American lobbyists.

Lawrence Franklin was sentenced January 20 in U.S. District Court to 12 years and seven months in prison for possessing classified documents illegally and sharing classified information with individuals who were not cleared outside the U.S. government to receive it.

Franklin, who had also been accused of sharing classified information with the media, pled guilty in October 2005 to sharing verbally information about the disposition of U.S. forces deployed to Iraq with individuals outside the government who were not authorized to receive it.  (See related article.)

Before beginning his prison sentence, Franklin is slated to testify against two former American Israeli Public Affairs Committee officials who received classified information from him.  Their trial is set to begin in April; both have pled not guilty to conspiring to pass on the top-secret information that they received from Franklin.

Franklin’s cooperation in the prosecution of Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman could reduce the length of his prison sentence.

(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site:

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