A judge spared an 85-year-old former US Army engineer any prison time for passing secret documents to the Israelis in the 1980s but said it remains a mystery why such a grave assault on national security took 23 years to prosecute.
US District Judge William H. Pauley III on Friday scolded Ben-ami Kadish for letting the Israelis steal classified documents between 1979 and 1985 from the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at the Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, New Jersey, where he worked.
"What you did was a very grave offense," the judge told Kadish, who hobbled to a lectern with a metal cane to deliver a short statement before he was fined $50,000 but was given no jail time and no period of probation.
Kadish apologized. "It was a mistake. It was a misjudgment," he said. "I thought I was helping the state of Israel without harming the United States."