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Officer accused of leaking GITMO information

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 15, 2007


NORFOLK, VA. - A Navy lawyer accused of passing secret information about detainees held in a U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, sent a human rights lawyer their names and intelligence about them tucked into a Valentine's Day card, prosecutors said Monday. Lt. Cmdr. Matthew M. Diaz's actions endangered the lives of the detainees and American troops, the prosecutor, Lt. James Hoffman, said during opening statements in Diaz's court-martial at Norfolk Naval Station. Diaz's defense attorney, Lt. Justin Henderson, said that the information was not marked classified and that Diaz, 41, had no reason to think the document "could be used to injure the United States." The base contains foreign citizens the military suspects of terrorist ties.

 

Two bank tellers killed in robbery

BESSEMER, ALA. - A gunman killed two bank tellers and wounded two others during a robbery Monday, then was shot by deputies as he tried to walk out with a hostage, authorities said. The suspect, William Merriweather Jr., was hospitalized, then jailed. Bessemer police Chief Nathaniel Rutledge said investigators believe only a single gunman was involved but are checking whether a second suspect was outside the Wachovia bank branch. It was unclear if any money was taken.

 

Two in court in Cunningham case

SAN DIEGO - A former top CIA official pleaded not guilty Monday to new charges that he pushed a proposed government contract worth at least $100-million for his best friend in return for lavish vacations, private jet flights and a lucrative job offer. The indictment, returned last week, replaced charges brought in February against Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, who resigned from the spy agency a year ago, and defense contractor Brent Wilkes. The charges grew from the bribery scandal that landed former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham in prison. Foggo and Wilkes now face 30 wide-ranging counts of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.

Elsewhere

Two suspended over class scare: A teacher and an assistant principal from an elementary school in Murfreesboro, Tenn., were suspended Monday over a prank in which sixth-graders on a sleepover trip were told a gunman was prowling nearby Thursday. School spokeswoman Cheryl Harris said, "It was a spontaneous prank that got out of hand."

Insurer settles over Big Dig: American International Group Inc., the workers' compensation insurance carrier for the Big Dig construction project in Boston, has agreed to pay $58.5-million for excess profits it failed to return to Massachusetts, the state attorney general said Monday.

Cruise runs aground: A riverboat-style cruise ship ran aground off the Alaska coast early Monday, forcing an evacuation of more than 200 passengers before it could move again with a Coast Guard escort. One person was taken to a hospital for observation, a Juneau city employee said.