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A judge has thrown out a defamation suit against AIPAC by its former foreign
policy boss, Steve Rosen.
Judge Erik Christian of the Washington, DC,
Superior Court ruled on Wednesday that a statement by the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee that Rosen was fired because his behavior “did not comport
with standards that AIPAC expects of its employees” was not
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Instead, Christian said, the statement, made by AIPAC
spokesman Patrick Dorton to The New York Times, “is the characterization of an
employer that does not rest on any objectively verifiable facts.” He went on to
say that the statement was “neither precise nor verifiable.”
the lawsuit against AIPAC and Dorton in April 2009, just before a federal court
threw out classified information charges against him and Keith Weissman, a
former AIPAC Iran analyst, for lack of evidence.
AIPAC fired Rosen and
Weissman in March 2005.
Evidence emerged since then that the US federal
government pressured the organization to fire the men as a means of isolating
them, although AIPAC has steadfastly denied this. AIPAC initially was supportive
of Rosen and Weissman after the FBI investigation came to light in August
Rosen told The Washington Post
he would likely appeal.