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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-21-06 07:34 AM
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28. Judge: Those who receive classified info are liable


"The judge in the leak case against two former staffers of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee said classified information laws bind civilians, including journalists.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III made the comment after sentencing Lawrence Franklin, a former Pentagon analyst, to over 12 years in prison for communicating classified information. Franklin is expected to testify in the case against former AIPAC staffers Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman when it goes to trial April 25. The two men allegedly relayed classified information to an Israeli diplomat, a journalist and to fellow AIPAC staffers.

Ellis comment was the clearest sign yet that the Rosen-Weissman case could have broad First Amendment implications. Rosen and Weissman are believed to be the first individuals ever charged under a World War I-era statute that makes it a crime for civilians to relay classified information.

Its an alarming statement, Steven Aftergood, who runs a government secrecy project at the Federation of American Scientists, said of Ellis comment. It appears to prejudge one of the main issues in dispute in the next stage of this case.
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