WASHINGTON - David Satterfield, a former senior State Department official who is deputy to the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, is mentioned in the indictment against former AIPAC official Steve Rosen as one of the senior American officials who discussed classified material with the defendant, the New York Times reported yesterday.
Rosen and another former official of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Keith Weissman, were recently indicted for allegedly passing classified information obtained from American officials to Israeli officials.
The indictment does not mention Satterfield by name; it merely refers to a "government official" who met with Rosen twice in early 2002 and discussed classified matters. However, the Times identified this official as Satterfield.
Before taking up his current job, Satterfield served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs. In this capacity, he was a frequent visitor to the region, and was very involved in both Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and talks between Israel and the United States.
According to the Times, another American official cited in the indictment has since resigned from government service. However, the Times did not give this official's name.