A former analyst at the U.S. Department of Defense has admitted to giving classified information to pro-Israel lobbyists and an Israeli embassy official.

In a federal court in Virginia Wednesday, Lawrence Franklin pleaded guilty to illegally possessing classified documents and to conspiracy.

The 58-year-old former analyst says he provided information to an official at the Israeli embassy and to two members of a lobbying group called the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. 

Franklin used to work as an Iran expert at the Pentagon.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AP