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Rice Ordered to Testify in Espionage Trial

10 top officials subpoenaed on behalf of pro-Israel lobbyists
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2007 9:32 AM CDT
Rice Ordered to Testify in Espionage Trial
US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice gestures during a press conference at the end of the Expanded Ministerial Conference for the Neighbors of Iraq at the second day sessions at the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt Friday, May 4, 2007. Ambassadors from Iran and the United States met Friday on...   (Associated Press)

In a rare move, a federal judge yesterday ordered Condoleezza Rice and 10 other high-ranking officials to testify at the upcoming trial of two pro-Israel lobbyists accused of espionage. National security adviser Stephen Hadley and former Defense official Paul Wolfowitz are among those subpoenaed to testify on behalf of the lobbyists, the Washington Post reports.

The lobbyists, Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, allegedly conspired to obtain classified information and pass it on to journalists and Israeli Embassy officials. Lawyers for Rosen and Weissman hope that the testimony will show that US government officials actually gave the two lobbyists the sensitive information they have been accused of furtively seeking. (Read more AIPAC stories.)

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