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Short Take: Spy suspect threatened U.S. with Net disclosure

Robert Lipka, jailed on suspicion of espionage, attempted to blackmail the government in October of 1996 with a threat to disclose classified information on the Internet. Lipka sought to have the government drop charges against him, court documents show; he is charged with stealing classified documents from the National Security Agency's headquarters during his employment there from 1965 to 1967 and with selling those documents to Soviet agents.

Robert Lipka, jailed on suspicion of espionage, attempted to blackmail the government in October of 1996 with a threat to disclose classified information on the Internet. Lipka sought to have the government drop charges against him, court documents show; he is charged with stealing classified documents from the National Security Agency's headquarters during his employment there from 1965 to 1967 and with selling those documents to Soviet agents.