Court upholds acquittal of Lithuanian presidential spokeswoman in state secret leaking case

Daiva Ulbinaitė
DELFI / Mindaugas Ažušilis

After hearing the appeal, the court changed the grounds for acquittal and decided that the information specified in the letter of the State Security Department was listed as state secret without reasonable grounds.

“Although related with assessment of risk factors and threats of a foreign country, the analytical information drafted by the State Security Department was listed as a state secret without reasonable grounds, as disclosing the content will not have a negative effect upon national security and interests of the state and the society,” the court said in the ruling.

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Ulbinaitė was charged with leaking a state secret to editor of the BNS news agency. The probe was opened after BNS published a story in October 2013 about the department’s warning to Lithuania’s state leaders about information attacks plotted by Russia.

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