Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Is United State's most influential advocate for Israel about to implode?
A former foreign policy chief for the largest Israeli lobby in the United States is threatening to provide evidence members of the organization regularly trafficked in classified US government information. The claim comes in the midst of an increasingly ugly lawsuit in which parties have alleged or admitted to mass viewing of pornography among senior staffers at AIPAC as well as extra-marital affairs. Steve Rosen, who was in charge of foreign policy issues at AIPAC until 2005, is suing his former employer for $20 million, alleging that AIPAC defamed him when they fired him. Lawyers for AIPAC got Rosen to admit he viewed pornography on work computers, but Rosen has countered that the head of AIPAC and his closest colleagues openly watched porn at work. The former lobbyist also said he had heard from directors at AIPAC about their visits to prostitutes. The lawsuit could well destroy the lobby without ever making its way on to the front page. AIPAC is under siege, and is spending millions to stay alive.