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Trial of ex-CIA officer delayed

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The trial of an ex-CIA officer accused of leaking classified information to a reporter was postponed in a dispute over a judge's decision to bar two witnesses.

Prosecutors said they would appeal U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema's decision to strike two witnesses from the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, arrested in January on a 10-count indictment, The Washington Post reported.

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The trial was to have begun Monday. CNN said no date has been set for the trial pending appeal.

The recipient of the leaked information wasn't named in the indictment, but later was identified by former intelligence officials as New York Times reporter James Risen, the Post said.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for federal prosecutors, said Brinkema made her decision during a closed hearing on classified material so he could not comment, the Post said.

Jeffrey Sterling has pleaded not guilty to charges that include unauthorized disclosure of national defense information, mail fraud and obstruction of justice.

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