“THEY HAVE NO CASE,” SAID MICHAEL LEDEEN, a conservative scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a friend of Mr. Franklin. “If they have a case, why hasn’t anybody been arrested or indicted?'” (New York Times, 6 September 2004, Ledeen comments on Pentagon/Israel spy case)
“Over the years, endless accusations have been made against him (Richard Perle),” said Michael A. Ledeen, a friend since the 1970’s and colleague of Mr. Perle’s at the American Enterprise Institute. “All have proven false, and I’m certain this one will be as well.” (New York Times, 6 September 2004, Ledeen comments on ethics charges against Richard Perle)
Why is the New York Times giving Michael Ledeen legitimacy as a commentator on either the Israeli spy case or the ethics charges against Richard Perle for serving as part of the kleptocratic ring with Conrad Black at Hollinger International?
Michael Ledeen is potentially complicit and a person of interest in the FBI case involving staff in Pentagon Undersecretary Douglas Feith’s office as he set up the meetings between Ghorbanifar, Harold Rhodes, and Larry Franklin — which is a key part of the investigation.
Ledeen is also a major neocon fellow traveler of Richard Perle’s who has helped advocate for Chalabi, and has long time personal and financial links to Perle.
DEAR NEW YORK TIMES:
STOP USING LEDEEN AS A SOURCE ON STORIES IN WHICH HE IS COMPLICIT — OR MAKE THE CONFLICTS CLEAR.
— Steve Clemons