In serious spy cases like the Aldrich Ames affair the investigation is normally conducted in private. The reasons for this are obvious. But this new investigation into AIPAC officials Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman and Defense Department analyst Lawrence Franklin has gone public before interviews have been fully conducted, let alone formal charges made. Franklin is evidently suspected of passing informaton on US deliberations about Iran to the Israelis. That’s a bad thing, if true, although I would be surprised if the content of these pages differs radically from what you read on op-ed pages or Iran centered blogs. And making the case public before bringing the case to a conclusion seems almost to be an admission of failure on the part of the FBI. What appears to be going on is more of a political struggle than genuine information protection. We’ll see.