Thursday, May 24, 2007

Navy Lawyer Stationed Convicted of Leaking Secrets

Via -

NORFOLK, VA (AP) -- A Navy lawyer who gave a human rights attorney the names of 550 Guantanamo Bay detainees was convicted in military court Thursday of communicating secret information that could be used to injure the United States.

Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Diaz also was convicted of three counts of leaking information to an unauthorized person, but was acquitted of printing out national defense information with the intent or reason to believe it would be used against the U.S.

A sentencing hearing was to begin Friday for Diaz, who could receive up to 14 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Diaz mailed an unsigned Valentine's Day card that included a printout of the detainees' names, nationalities, the interrogators assigned to them and intelligence sources and methods. They contend that his actions endangered the lives of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, and of American troops.

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