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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Ex-CIA Official Warns He Will Spill Secrets

A former top CIA official accused of corruption and fraud is threatening to expose the identities of numerous agents and programs as part of his defense, prosecutors said.

In a court filing, prosecutors allege that former CIA executive director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo is trying to gum up the works of his trial, scheduled for November, by delving into classified information that is irrelevant to the case. Foggo is charged with 28 counts of wire and mail fraud, unlawful money transactions and making false statements.

Prosecutors also allege that his attorneys are seeking to introduce classified evidence to "portray Foggo as a hero engaged in actions necessary to protect the public from terrorist acts" to gain sympathy from jurors.

Foggo's efforts are "a thinly disguised attempt to twist this straightforward case into a referendum on the global war on terror," wrote prosecutors in a court motion filed recently in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

The government wants District Judge James C. Cacheris to hold a closed hearing on whether the information is admissible at trial and whether it is relevant to the case.

Last Tree-Sitters End Protest

BERKELEY, Calif. -- The four remaining protesters living in a redwood at the University of California at Berkeley climbed down Tuesday, ending a 21-month occupation of a campus grove aimed at stopping construction of a sports center. The tree-sitters said they agreed to come down on the condition that the university create a committee that will include input from students and residents on land decisions. But a university spokesman said no such deal was made.

R.I. Reaches Deal on Inmates

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island's prison system has entered into an agreement with U.S. immigration authorities that would allow for the early release of illegal immigrants who were imprisoned for nonviolent offenses if they agree to be deported, Gov. Donald Carcieri (R) said yesterday.

Bill Clinton to Lead Center

PHILADELPHIA -- Former president Bill Clinton has been named chairman of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, succeeding former president George H.W. Bush. The nonprofit group is dedicated to educating the public about the U.S. Constitution.

-- From News Services

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