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Sailor in spy case gets maximum 10-year sentence

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  • Ex-sailor, Hassan Abu-Jihaad, convicted of disclosing secrets on ship movements
  • Abu-Jihaad praised Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, pprosecutors say
  • He praised attack on USS Cole as a "martyrdom operation," they say
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By Terry Frieden
Justice Producer
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A former U.S. Navy sailor who provided al Qaeda supporters secret information about planned ship movements received a maximum 10-year prison sentence, the Justice Department announced Friday.

The former sailor, Hassan Abu-Jihaad, was convicted in 2008 of disclosing secrets on ship movements to potentially enable an attack similar to one carried out against the destroyer USS Cole, which killed 17 U.S. sailors.

A federal jury heard the case in Connecticut, which is home to a Web hosting company that included Web sites of a London, England-based organization that allegedly supported acts of terrorism.

Prosecutors presented evidence at trial that Abu-Jihaad praised Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, and praised the attack on the USS Cole as a "martyrdom operation."

U.S. District Court Judge Mark Kravitz in New Haven granted prosecutors' request for the longest possible sentence of 10 years in prison.

"We are pleased that the court imposed the maximum prison term allowed under the law," said Acting U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Nora Dannehy.

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