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Feds: 'State Secrets' At Risk if Iran Lawsuit Goes Forward

By    |   Monday, 15 Sep 2014 06:49 AM


The Justice Department told a U.S. District Court judge in New York on Friday that efforts by a Greek shipping mogul to compel the group United Against Nuclear Iran to disclose documents and financial information would damage U.S. national security, CNN reported.

The group, which engages in "name and shame" exposures of companies it says are circumventing international sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear weapons program, wrote to Victor Restis stating it had proof he was doing business with Iran.

Restis responded with a lawsuit demanding details that would reveal how United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) operates and is funded. His lawyers also demanded to interrogate Wall Street investor Thomas Kaplan about his ties to the group, according to Salon.

Attorneys for Kaplan said he has no information pertinent to the lawsuit, CNN reported.

The Justice Department has now "reluctantly" invoked a "state secrets privilege" claim to obstruct the lawsuit and request that the case brought by Restis be dismissed. Restis has said accusations connecting his shipping firm to Iranian companies involved in Tehran's nuclear program were defamatory.

The Justice Department court filing said that "disclosure of the information at issue could be expected to cause serious damage to the national security." The government also filed a separate classified submission for the judge's consideration.

The administration has been criticized for invoking national security despite promises by Barack Obama as a presidential candidate of greater governmental transparency, CNN reported.

"While the United States takes this position reluctantly and only after careful consideration, the only appropriate course in light of this privilege assertion is to dismiss this action in its entirety," government lawyers argued, according to CNN.

Lawyers for United Against Iran denied what it said were claims made by Restis' attorneys that UANI was funded by foreigners or that any contributor to the group sought to influence its tracking of companies suspected of doing illegal business with Iran.

"In order to deflect attention from his numerous criminal and civil problems, Victor Restis last year filed a meritless complaint in the United States against UANI. His complaint falsely stated that he did no business in Iran. Mr. Restis then declined to come to the United States to testify under oath about his dealings in Iran. We expect Mr. Restis' lawsuit to be dismissed," the lawyers said, Digital Journal reported.


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