March 24, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a lawsuit against an anti-Iran advocacy group on Monday, claiming the case could raise national security risks by revealing state secrets. The order stems from a defamation lawsuit filed by Greek shipping company ...[read more]
February 15, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
An Egyptian court on Sunday put ex-president Mohammed Morsi on trial over accusations of spying and leaking information to Qatar. Prosecutors, as part of the country's continued crack down on Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, allege that Morsi endangered national security by leaking to Qatar state ...[read more]
December 6, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Former head of China's domestic security apparatus Zhou Yongkang has been arrested and expelled from the ruling Communist Party after being accused of accepting bribes, exploiting his power to enrich family members and leaking state secrets. Zhou, once a potent rival for President Xi Jinping, is ...[read more]
September 6, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Egypt's state prosecutor filed charges Saturday against former President Mohamed Morsi for selling state secrets to Qatar. Attorney General Hisham Barakat claimed that an investigation had revealed evidence that Morsi, aided by nine others who have also been charged, leaked national intelligence ...[read more]
July 12, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A provincial court in Myanmar on Thursday sentenced four journalists and the chief executive from the Unity Journal to a 10-year prison sentence and hard labor for publishing a story in January in violation of the national State Secrets Act, a British colonial law dating back to the 1920s. The ...[read more]
May 3, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Myanmar Saturday to pass more protective media laws and end arbitrary arrests of journalists. The statement listed several journalists who have been arrested since December on politically-motivated charges, including criminal trespass, use of obscene language, ...[read more]
February 18, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On February 18, 2011, a Chinese court of appeals upheld the conviction of US geologist Xue Feng on charges of industrial espionage. Feng's conviction emphasized US concerns over Chinese humanitarian efforts and the independence of China's judiciary. Feng had been originally convicted on July 5, ...[read more]
November 1, 2012
by Max Slater
Russia's upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, approved a bill on Wednesday that would increase the penalties for illegal use of state secrets. The bill, which was approved by Russia's lower house last week raises the fine for illegally using state secrets from $6000 to $16000, ...[read more]
August 15, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against the FBI alleging that it illegally directed its agents to spy on Muslim communities. Judge Cormac Carney dismissed the case after concluding that allowing the lawsuit to move forward ...[read more]
November 22, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
The South African National Assembly (NA) passed a controversial state secrets bill on Tuesday designed to protect state secrets related to national security. The African National Congress (ANC), which holds a majority in the NA, was responsible for pushing the legislation through by a vote of 229- ...[read more]

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