Israeli spy ring and it's connections to 911
US Navy says Weinmann was not an Israeli spy
David Keyes, THE JERUSALEM POST
Aug. 9, 2006
The US Navy has categorically denied that Petty Officer Ariel J. Weinmann was spying for Israel, The Jerusalem Post has learned. According to a Navy official, reports that Weinmann was an Israeli spy are "absolutely not true."
Weinmann was according to the US Navy.
On Monday, the
"I can tell you definitively that is not true," the Navy official said in a phone interview with the Post on Tuesday. "This is not a case of an individual spying for Israel...The Al-Watan report is erroneous," he continued.
The official said he had no idea where the Saudi paper got their information from, and that his sources at the Pentagon also knew that Weinmann, suspected of spying, was not a spy for Israel.
**like they would admit it?**
To date, the navy has completed an initial investigation and brought a set of initial charges, called preferred charges, against Weinmann. The preferred
Specifically, it is alleged that while serving at or near Bahrain, Mexico, and Austria, Weinmann "with intent or reason to believe it would be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of a foreign nation,
The preferred charges also include
However these charges are only the first step in a complex legal process. The preferred charges are not necessarily the charges that will be referred to the court martial. If another round of charges is brought forth, it will occur "in a matter of weeks, not months" according to Ted Brown, a media relations officer at the US Fleet Forces Command. It is only then that the public would learn which country Weinmann is suspected of spying for.
The decision of what charges to refer to the court martial - if any - falls under the jurisdiction of the convening authority. In this case, that is the commander of US Fleet Forces Command.
As for the Saudi allegation of Israeli involvement, if the US Defense Department did not leak the accusation, then it may have been fabricated by Al-Watan. Saudi Arabia does not enjoy freedom of press and all major media outlets are closely monitored by the government.
Alleged spy’s target ‘not Israel’
The “foreign nation” cited in espionage charges against a U.S. Navy sailor is “definitely not Israel,” a Navy official said.
The official told JTA on Wednesday that the country named in a charge recommended against is not Israel.
. The Navy concluded its investigation against Weinmann on July 26, and its Judge Advocate General is considering what, if any, of its recommended charges to bring against Weinmann, 21.
The Navy concluded that Weinmann, who allegedly deserted in July 2005, attempted to sell sensitive information to a foreign nation. The maximum penalty is death.
Once papers in Norfolk, Va., reported the case, which is being , Arab media reports and conspiracy theory blogs immediately speculated that the target nation was Israel, apparently because of Weinmann’s name.
However, Jewish officials in Salem, Ore., where Weinmann graduated from high school in 2003, said they had never heard of Weinmann or his family.