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BALTIMORE (AP) — Attorneys for a former National Security Agency employee accused of mishandling classified information after an investigation into alleged leaks to a newspaper say two weeks before trial they still don’t know what evidence the jury will see.

In a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Richard Bennett on Monday, Thomas Drake’s defense wrote that prosecutors defied an order that documents submitted to the jury must not show alterations to conceal classified information.

Federal prosecutors responded that there was no such order and seamless documents would be “nonsensical.” A hearing is set for Friday.

In an order filed Wednesday, Bennett finds that the newspaper articles are relevant but instructs attorneys to agree on a
stipulation that there’s no evidence that the reporter relied on allegedly classified information found in Drake’s home.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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