WASHINGTON, April 23 (Xinhua) -- An 84-year-old former U.S. army engineer has been charged with leaking dozens of secret documents to Israel in the early 1980s, federal prosecutors said.
Ben-Ami Kadish, a resident in New Jersey, could face life imprisonment or possibly the death penalty if convicted on the most serious charge, the CNN quoted the authorities as saying on Wednesday.
His case is linked to that of Jonathan Jay Pollard, the naval analyst serving a life sentence for leaking documents to Israel around the same time.
An Israeli official who came to Kadish's house to photograph documents also received information from Pollard, prosecutors said.
Authorities became aware of Kadish's spying activities only in recent months but would not say how they learned of them more than20 years later.
State Department spokesman Tom Casey declined to speculate on the diplomatic fallout from the case.
Yuval Steinitz, a member of the Israeli parliament with an extensive intelligence background, said Israel stopped gathering intelligence in the United States after the Pollard case.