Ben-ami Kadish

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Ben-ami Kadish is a former U.S. Army mechanical engineer. He was arrested in April 2008 and charged with four counts of conspiracy on April 22, 2008 in a filing by United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Michael J. Garcia in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The charges allege that Kadish passed classified documents to an Israeli consulate employee.

Early life

Kadish was born in Connecticut and is a U.S. citizen.

Ben-Ami grew up in what was the British Mandate of Palestine and fought with the Haganah. He also served in both the British and American military during World War II

He resides with his wife Dorris in a Monroe Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey retirement community. [1].

Conspiracy charges

Kadish was employed as a mechanical engineer by the United States Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at the Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, New Jersey from October 1963 to January 1990. The charges allege that Kadish conspired to disclose national defense-related documents to Israel and worked as agent of the Israeli government from 1979 to 1985. Specifically, the government says that Kadish took classified documents to his home in Riverdale, Bronx several times (including information about nuclear weapons, a modified F-15 fighter, and the Patriot missiles) and let an unnamed Israeli government worker take photographs of them.

The Israeli worker, identified in the charges only as "Co-conspirator 1" ("CC-1"), is allegedly the handler is an Israeli citizen who was employed by the defense contractor Israeli Aircraft Industries in Israel in the 1970s before consul for science affairs at the Israeli Consulate General in Manhattan from July 1980 through November 1985. Navy civilian intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard was charged and convicted in connection with espionage after providing information to the same Israeli worker.

Yagur, along with his Washington, D.C.-based counterpart Ilan Ravid, was recalled by Israel in November 1985 and has not returned to the United States. The government alleges Kadish kept in contact with the Yagur until last month, when Yagur instructed Kadish to lie to investigators.

Kadish was charged with four counts: one count of conspiring to disclose documents related to the national defense of the United States to the Government of Israel; one count of conspiring to act as an agent of the Government of Israel; one count of conspiring to hinder a communication to a law enforcement officer; and one count of conspiring to make a materially false statement to a law enforcement officer.

When he retired in January 1990, Kadish was a a supervisory engineer in the Fuze Division of the Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center. He is described as "an elderly widower in failing health." [2]

Kadish is scheduled to appear before Magistrate Judge Douglas F. Eaton.

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