U.S. drops charges against AIPAC agents tied to Harman

The U.S. government will look to dismiss charges against two former pro-Israel lobbyists whose indictments ensnared Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) in a developing scandal over her influence in the case.

News broke several weeks ago that Harman was recorded on a wiretap having agreed to urge the Justice Department to dismiss charges against two former analysts for the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) accused of espionage.

Prosecutors asked a federal judge to dismiss all charges against Keith Weissman and Steve Rosen on Friday, JTA reported.

News that Harman had been captured on wiretaps discussing the case spawned two developing scandals: One over whether Harman had agreed to intervene in exchange for AIPAC's support for her run for a key chairmanship, and another over the widespread use of wiretaps during the Bush administration.

Those reports spawned two outrages: One over the extent of Harman's involvement