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The American Israel Political Action Committee probably isn’t the Zionist organization most would associate with prostitution, sexual experimentation, and pornography (Hadassah always seemed a bit wild to me), but, according to this 260-page deposition that has been released by AIPAC, in response to former employee Steve Rosen’s $20 million civil defamation law suit. (The man formerly accused of leaking classified national security documents says his former employer defamed his character.)

Under questioning from AIPAC’s lawyers, Rosen, the former director of foreign policy, admitted to checking out pornographic Websites at work; described the subjects which intrigued him (“Anything that occurred to me”); and confessed to looking for a male companion through Craigslist.

To the delight of bloggers, and presumably the horror of the AIPAC lawyers, Rosen then defended his character by explaining how they “worked odd hours,” and, anyway, everyone else was doing it, too!

“I witnessed [AIPAC executive director] Howard Kohr viewing pornographic material, [Kohr’s secretary] Annette Franzen viewing pornographic material, [and] probably a dozen other members of the staff” viewing pornographic material, he said. He mitigated the accusation against his co-workers by explaining that this is the American way. No, really: He cited a Nielsen survey showing that 27 percent of Americans view porn at work—proving once again that Jews are just like other people, only more so.

Later on, Rosen answered a question about whether he discussed his sexual activities at work with this gem:

Rosen: Directors told me about their sexual activities. There were directors who told me about their visits to prostitutes for example.

Q: Did you ever—

Rosen: Members of the Board.

Q: Did you ever express—

Rosen: I actually was offended by it, because I’m not very big on prostitutes.

And this is just the beginning! Rosen promised the Forward that when he files a motion next month, it will be even juicier then AIPAC’s. “Any embarrassment I suffered as a result of what they filed will be insignificant compared to the embarrassment they’ll suffer after we file our motion,” he said. Somebody get the popcorn.

Steven J. Rosen v. American Israeli Political Action Committee [Court Filing]
AIPAC Gets Down and Dirty in Pushback Against Rosen Defamation Suit [The Forward]
Related: Case Closed? [Tablet Magazine]





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