CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Tuesday, 85-year-old Ben-Ami Kadish, a retired US Army engineer, was charged with four counts of conspiracy for allegedly disclosing classified documents to Israel, while acting as an agent of the Israeli government more than twenty years ago.
Kadish was released on a $300,000 property bond following a hearing in a Manhattan court, which confiscated his passport and limited his travel to southern Manhattan and New Jersey.
According to the prosecution, Kadish took some 35 classified documents home when he worked at an army base in New Jersey.
The documents, which included information on nuclear weaponry, a modified version of the F-15 fighter jet the US sold to Saudi Arabia, and the Patriot Missile defense system, were provided to Yossi Yagur, who worked as science advisor at the Israeli embassy in New York from July 1980 through November 1985.
The complaint states that Yagur, who left the US in November 1985, is the same Israeli who received classified information from Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life sentence in a US federal prison for spying.
According to Newsweek magazine, US intelligence officials tapped into a recent phone conversation during which Yagur instructed Kadish not to say anything.
"Say nothing. Let them do all the talking," Yagur allegedly said. "You haven't done anything. You can't remember something that happened 25 years ago," he is quoted as saying.
Newsweek reports that US intelligence monitors ongoing inquiries about Pollard.
Former Israeli ambassador Zalman Shoval said the timing of the arrest was "interesting."
"The content is not the only interesting thing here," Shoval said. "There is also the timing. If this is such an old story, why is it coming out now?" he asked.
Kadish's arrest comes just before the trial of Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, formerly with AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), for allegedly sharing classified information with the media and the Israeli government. Both men have pleaded not-guilty.
Sources: The Jerusalem Post, YNet news, israel national news