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November 20, 2006
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The judge in the classified information case against two former AIPAC lobbyists denied a government attempt to make leaking information to a foreign nation a crime. The prosecution requested a “clarification” of an earlier decision by Judge T.S. Ellis in the case against Steve Rosen, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s former policy chief, and Keith Weissman, a former Iran analyst. That decision upheld as constitutional a 1917 statute criminalizing the receipt of classified information, but rejected as unconstitutional the statute’s implication that prosecutors need only prove that the leaking benefited a foreign nation, and not that it harmed U.S. interests.

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