Engineer, 84, Busted in Israeli Spy Case

Accused of passing weapons secrets to Israel in the '80s
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2008 4:50 AM CDT
Ben-ami Kadish is escorted from Federal court Tuesday, April 22, 2008 in New York.    (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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(Newser) – An 84-year-old engineer has been arrested in New Jersey on charges he passed military secrets to Israel in the '80s, Reuters reports. Ben-Ami Kadish, who holds both US and Israeli citizenship, is accused of giving classified information—including details on fighter jets, missiles, and nuclear weapons—to an Israeli consul when he worked at an Army weapons center in New Jersey.

Kadish is believed to have had the same spy handler as American Jonathan Pollard, who is serving life for spying for Israel in the '80s. At the time of the Pollard case, officials noted that espionage "was not the kind of behavior we would expect from allies, and that would remain the case today," said a State Department spokesman. Kadish is facing four espionage and conspiracy charges, one of which carries a possible death sentence.