Wednesday, March 25, 2015

If Republicans Did Get Intel From Israeli Spies, They Could Be Charged Under Espionage Act

From Addicting Info:

However, the buried lede of the story, and what is quite possibly a twist with massive implications, is what the Wall Street Journal alleges the Israeli government did with the intel.

The Journal, in its Tuesday edition, reported the “espionage” did not concern the White House “as much as Israel’s sharing of inside information with U.S. lawmakers and others to drain support” for a possible deal with Iran to rein in Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing of international sanctions. 

Considering this is the first time we’re hearing about it, it seems likely that Republicans didn’t immediately turn over the leaks to the Defense Department. Instead, they kept the info and its sources private.

The allegations have been strongly denied by Republican lawmakers, including House Majority leader John Boehner. When asked about the Israeli intel, he claimed he was “baffled” by the allegations. And don’t expect him to budge from that position any time soon because the implications of admitting to the charges would not only be political suicide, but possibly criminal.

More here.

If this is, in fact, true, and the story originates with the conservative Wall Street Journal, so it can't possibly be any sort of "liberal media" setup, then there ought to be a whole lotta Republican Congressmen and Senators in prison, for years.

On the other hand, my conservative friends, I wouldn't worry about this too much. In twenty first century America, Republicans are never indicted for crimes like this. I mean, sure, sexual malfeasance, petty graft and corruption, you bet; officials from both parties are charged for that kind of thing fairly routinely. But foreign policy stuff? Hell no! Lying to get us into an illegal war, crimes against humanity, crony capitalism with defense contractors, Republicans NEVER go down for that shit these days. Hell, they're never even charged!

So all those GOP hooligans in Congress will get their Get Out of Jail Free card on this. As usual. I mean, if it's true.