A U.S. Navy sailor is reportedly under investigation by Navy authorities with spying for Israel and desertion. On July 29/30, WMR reported on the largely forgotten last Israeli spy in the military, , an intelligence officer in Texas who deserted to Israel but was returned to the U.S. in 2000.
, was detained by federal authorities at Dallas-Fort Worth airport after returning from Mexico City and while en route to Vancouver, British Columbia. Weinmann was listed as a deserter in July 2005. He is now being held in the Norfolk Naval Station brig under maximum security. Navy authorities have been reluctant to release the name of the country involved in the espionage case. The Middle East newspaper Al Watan, is reporting that the country in question is Israel. The Jerusalem Post is referring to the Al Watan story in today's edition. The Norfolk media is suggesting a Russian connection to the case. However, as noted in this editor's book, "Jaded Tasks," there are
Reported Israeli spy aboard USS Albuquerque (SSN-706) being held in brig in Norfolk.
Weinmann allegedly met his intelligence handlers and passed them classified information in three locations: Manama, Bahrain; Vienna, Austria; and Mexico City. Because of his rating, Weinmann
Weinmann enlisted in the Navy in July 2003.
Currently, the Israeli Navy has three German-built Dolphin class diesel electric submarines that are Popeye Turbo cruise missile capable. Israel's submarine deployment strategy is to keep one submarine on standby in Haifa (now likely deployed due to Hezbollah rocket attacks), one in the Red Sea and supported out of an Israeli support base in the Dahlak Archipelago in Eritrea, and one in the Persian Gulf that is on standby for an attack on Iran.