The Nation

A federal jury in Baltimore recessed several hours after it began deliberating espionage charges against Samuel Morison, who is accused of giving secret satellite photos of a Soviet ship to a British defense publication in 1984. The case went to the jury after defense and prosecuting attorneys argued the legality of leaking classified government information to the press--an activity the defense said is a common practice among government employees. Morison, a 40-year-old employee of the U.S. Naval Intelligence Support Center, is accused of four counts of espionage for giving classified Navy material to Jane's Defence Weekly in June and July of 1984.

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