Accused CIA spy pleads not guilty
November 27, 1996
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (CNN) -- CIA employee Harold Nicholson entered a not guilty plea when he was arraigned in federal court Wednesday on charges that he spied for Russia.
Judge James Cacheris set a trial date of March 10.
Cacheris also granted motions for a gag order that would prevent the attorneys for both sides and officials of the FBI and CIA from discussing the case publicly, except for limited comments about the basic facts of the case already in the court record.
Nicholson's attorney had complained that comments made by FBI Director Louis Freeh and CIA Director John Deutch to CNN and other news media could prevent his client from getting a fair trial. Prosecutors said they would agree to a gag order that would apply to both sides of the case.
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