Prosecutors and defense lawyers in the case of a former CIA officer accused of leaking top-secret information to a New York Times reporter had a secret showdown in federal court recently over what to do about a half-dozen prosecution witnesses whose own employment records show violations of the rules and arguably even the laws governing handling of classified information.
The six witnesses set to testify against alleged leaker Jeffrey Sterling took secret documents home themselves without authorization, according to a recent court filing.
Defense lawyers for Sterling have seized on the episodes, arguing that the defense should be able to challenge the witnesses about the incidents at the ex-CIA officer’s trial, scheduled to begin next month in an Alexandria, Virginia, courtroom. [Read more]
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