Will radical anti-Zionist Richard Silverstein be charged with espionage?

A reader of Tikun Olam posed this query to Richard Silverstein, the Seattle-based blog’s creator, beneath the line of a post asking his readers for money to support his efforts.

Please explain why…CiF and Al Jazeera won’t touch you. Curious? 

Silverstein’s reply:


While we of course will never know if our blog’s efforts to expose Silverstein made him toxic – he hasn’t been published at CiF since Dec. 2009 – the idea that we may have had something to do with exposing this charlatan is certainly appealing.

For those unfamiliar with Silverstein, he’s a writer who claims to be a Zionist, and promoter of “social justice”, yet has expressed support for a one-state solution, repeatedly defended Hamas, has described the behavior of IDF soldiers as “bestial” and subhuman“, and has even likened Israel to Nazi Germany.

So, it was quite interesting, to say the least, to read a recent New York Times article reporting that the blogger who Israeli-born Shamai Leibowitz (who was working for the FBI) gave sensitive information to, including details of a potential strike on Iran – which he heard from FBI wiretaps of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. – was none other than Richard Silverstein.

The NYT reported that Leibowitz was working as a Hebrew translator for the FBI when he became concerned about Israeli lobbying efforts in Washington as well as a potential Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. 

Silverstein, who admitted publishing posts on his blog using the information he received from Leibowitz, discussed the case with The NYT out of what he said was a desire to prove that Leibowitz, though in violation of federal law, was acting out of a sense of justice.  Said Silverstein:

“I see him [Leibowitz] as an American patriot and a whistle-blower, and I’d like his actions to be seen in that context,” 

Leibowitz has since been charged under the Espionage Act and is now in a Federal custody.

Silverstein, the unauthorized recipient of classified US intelligence information, also admitted to burning the transcripts when Leibowitz came under investigation – adding “obstruction of justice” to his list of possible federal crimes.

Finally, and quite interestingly, back in November of 2008 Silverstein gloated on his blog about  the indictment (on charges of espionage) of former AIPAC official Steve Rosen – charges which were later dropped by the Justice Dep’t for lack of evidence – which included this closing passage written in the context of imploring his readers to take the charges against Rosen seriously:

Do you want to allow [an] Aipac [staffer] to collude with Israel in order to [illegally] secure U.S. government documents?

Clearly, to Silverstein, it’s far better for an anti-Zionist blogger to collude with a federal employee engaging in espionage to illegally secure U.S. government documents in order to undermine Israeli policy.

10 replies »

  1. Do you want to allow [an] Aipac [staffer] to collude with Israel in order to [illegally] secure U.S. government documents?

    Indeed his ‘chickens’ have come home to roost.

    Great research Adam. (I’m sure that he will be obsessing about you so watchout!)

  2. Yet more proof, if proof were ever needed, of the overweening arrogance bordering on megalomania of Dickie Silverstein. Myself, I wonder if he knows the meaning of “Tikun Olam” or whether he appropriated the name for his blog as part of his God/Messiah complex. It’s a wonder he hasn’t been struck down by a lightning bolt.

    Truly a very sick ticket indeed. I suppose he’s got to big himself up. No-one else will.

    And as for those authors attacked most vociferously by CiF Watch being a liability to CiF (according to him), it’s interesting that this self-aggrandising schmuck cannot begin to contemplate that his own behaviour and associations are the chief cause of his being dropped like the proverbial hot brick.

    He obviously cannot realise that he has sunk as low as he can get when his work is too objectionable even for CiF

  3. Apart from espionage add obstruction of justice, if that is a crime in the USA. Anyone who has held their nose long enough to read his puerile scribbling on his blog would also expect him to be charged with crimes against Journalism, the English Language and taste.
    A modern day ‘William Joyce’ (Lord Haw Haw) who deserves the same fate.

  4. On one of his blogs Silverstein wrote something about “if you lie down with dogs you wake up with fleas” so I posted:

    “I guess that’s why the Guardian and others have dropped you?”

    Not sure if he published it. he doesn’t take criticism easily.

  5. If you lie down with silversteen, you ll wake up and realize you should flee

    This is almost comical.

    He wants to conspire with his cokapos to influence Obama to dump more on Israel and then claims that the G dropped him because of a Jewish conspiracy.

  6. if he did do the deed, and his words are enough to indict and convict, they tikun olam is what dickie will achieve

    as he will be locked away for 10 years for obstruction and destroying evidence in a fed crime

    it is after all….elul


  7. Jihad Richard Capostein is a jew hater.
    I found this on another blog, very funny.

    The Little Dickie Silverstein Marching Song

    I am a little kapo,
    It makes my mommy mad,
    Cause when I am a kapo,
    Those Zionists get sad!

    I celebrate the jihad,
    and terror all the while,
    I fill my blog and web page,
    With loud salutes of Sieg Heil!

    I want to see them Zraelis,
    All dumped out in the sea,
    My swastika a waving,
    Cause everything’s bout me.

  8. Not sure how I missed this story, but Shamai Leibovitch was working for the FBI? Were they mad? Don’t they do any background checks on their employees?

  9. one word
    I rejoice !!!
    I wish on this dellusional sick man the same fate he wishes on to his fellow Jews/Israelis, and worse