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The first American prosecuted for leaking top-secret security information to the media – POLITICO Magazine

The first American prosecuted for leaking top-secret security information to the media – POLITICO Magazine

1957 began abruptly for Colonel John C. Nickerson Jr. On January 2, military police burst into his home in Huntsville, Alabama. They found unsecured classified documents, and promptly arrested Nickerson. Within a month, he was relieved of his duties supervising a missile program at the nearby Redstone Artillery Range. Within two months, the decorated World War II veteran was charged with perjury…

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