Another Israeli spy walks free in USA

A US court has fined an American who earlier pleaded guilty to giving classified nuclear weapons documents to Israel in the 1980’s.

The 85-year-old former civilian employee of the US Army Ben-Ami Kadish was spared prison time because of his age and infirmity, but ordered to pay $50,000 in a case the sentencing judge said was “shrouded in mystery.”

During the sentencing hearing in Manhattan federal court on Friday, District Judge William Pauley questioned the delay in Kadish’s prosecution, Reuters reported.

“Why it took the government 23 years to charge Mr. Kadish is shrouded in mystery,” said the judge. “It is clear the (US) government could have charged Mr. Kadish with far more serious crimes.”

Prosecutors said that between 1980 and 1985 Kadish provided classified documents about nuclear weapons, fighter jets, and missiles to an Israeli agent, Yosef Yagur, who photographed the documents at Kadish’s residence.

Last December, Kadish pleaded guilty to acting as an unregistered agent of Israel.

He was arrested in April 2008 on four counts of conspiracy and espionage. The spying charge, dropped under a plea deal, had carried a possible death sentence.

Kadish, who sat slumped in his chair with heavy eyelids during the sentencing hearing, said, “I am sorry I made a mistake.”