AIPAC Spy Figure: “Zionist” Wanted Me Dead
It looks like a jail sentence might not have been all that Larry Franklin, the former Pentagon official convicted of spying for Israel, had to fear in recent years. Court documents filed last week suggest a Sopranos-like effort to get rid of Franklin, who had agreed to testify against two former AIPAC activists, CQ’s Jeff Stein reports.
Franklin’s lawyer, Plato Cacheris, told Stein:
Somebody approached Larry and suggested it would be good if Larry could disappear and fake a suicide, and this person would assist him in doing that.
And Franklin himself made clear to Stein that he took it as a threat:
I grew up on the streets of New York, and when you fake a suicide — Well, if you’re dead to everyone else, it’s a lot easier to get rid of you….Did I let him know I took it that way? No. Did I take it that way? Internally, yes.