US Arrests 200 Young Israelis In Spying Investigation
By Ben Fenton in Washington (Filed: 07/03/2002) LINK
Up to 200 young Israelis, some of them former members of military intelligence units, have been arrested in America in the past year, a leaked government report disclosed yesterday.
Some had used cover stories to gain access to sensitive government buildings and the homes of American officials. The report said the actions of some of the Israelis, most of whom had outstayed tourist visas, “may well be an organised intelligence-gathering activity”.
None of the Israelis, about 140 of whom are believed to have been detained before the September 11 attacks, has been charged and most have been deported, according to the US government.
A spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Yaffa Ben-Ari, said it was “nonsense” that they had been spying on America. (Continue reading at LINK – Telegraph)