American allegedly spied for Israel Justice Department: Engineer employed by U.S. Army spied from 1979-1985
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updated 12:20 p.m. ET, Tues., April. 22, 2008
NEW YORK - A U.S. Army mechanical engineer has been arrested on charges that he slipped classified documents about nuclear weapons to an employee of the Israeli Consulate, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
The arrest of Ben-ami Kadish was detailed Tuesday by the U.S. attorney in Manhattan and FBI officials.
A criminal complaint said the activities occurred from 1979 through 1985. Kadish worked at the U.S. Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center in Dover, N.J.
The complaint said Kadish took home classified documents several times, and the Israeli government worker photographed them in Kadish's basement.
The documents included information about nuclear weapons, a modified version of an F-15 fighter jet and the U.S. Patriot missile air defense system.
Link to Pollard spying case?
Kadish was suspected of reporting to the same handler as Jonathan Jay Pollard, who is serving a life term on a charge of spying for Israel.
There was no immediate comment from the Israeli government but a senior Israeli defense official told Reuters, "I find it hard to believe that, after the Pollard affair, we would recruit an American spy."
Pollard pleaded guilty in 1986.
Kadish was scheduled to appear Tuesday afternoon at a federal court in New York.
Check back for updates on this developing news story.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
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