FBI to interrogate Israeli diplomats
Suspected mole Larry Franklin
WASHINGTON – Israel has agreed to allow the FBI to question Israeli diplomat in Washington Naor Gilon and other Israeli officials in connection with the investigation against suspected Pentagon mole Larry Franklin, Ynet learned Thursday.
The affair involves suspicions that classified information was relayed from the Pentagon to Israeli representatives through members of the Jewish lobby in Washington, AIPAC.
As contacts between Israel and the U.S. continue over the matter, American officials sought an Israeli permission to question Naor Gilon and other representatives who all enjoy diplomatic immunity. Meanwhile, Israel has expressed its willingness to allow its diplomats to submit to an interrogation by American law enforcement officials.
The sides are currently engaged in talks regarding the questioning procedure.
Questions in writing?
In past affairs, Israel allowed American investigators to relay questions to Israeli diplomats in writing. It appears in this case, too, Israel would agree to questions in writing but not to a face-to-face interrogation.
Gilon himself is finishing his mission in Washington at this time and is slated to return to Israel in the middle of next week.
The official response released by Israel’s Washington embassy noted there were contacts over the American request to interview Israeli diplomats, and added the contacts were continuing.
Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Welch declined to respond to a question regarding the matter and directed correspondents to the Justice Department.