Federal Employee Publication Policy Challenged in Fourth Circuit

Attorneys sparred before a Fourth Circuit panel on Tuesday over the constitutionality of a policy implemented by four federal agencies, which requires former intelligence agency employees and military personnel to obtain the government’s permission before publishing works that relate to their service.

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Defamation Claims

The Fourth Circuit upheld the dismissal of Russian academic Svetlana Lokhova’s tort claims against American foreign policy scholar Stefan Halper and several news organizations. Lokhova accused the defendants of defaming her by falsely stating she was a Russian spy who was involved in collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign.

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