Judge Approves Subpoenas for Condoleezza Rice in Israeli Spy Case

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other senior intelligence officials will be subpoenaed to discuss their conversations with pro-Israel lobbyists.

Lawyers for two former American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobbyists facing espionage charges have subpoenaed Rice, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, Deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams and several others to testify at their trial next year.

Prosecutors had challenged the subpoenas in federal court.

The lobbyists have argued that the Israeli interest group played an unofficial but sanctioned role in crafting foreign policy and that Rice and others can confirm it.

The lobbyists are accused of receiving classified information from a now-convicted Pentagon official and relaying it to an Israeli official and the press.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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