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U.S. Envoy's Security Clearance Suspended

World IN BRIEF / WASHINGTON, D.C.

September 23, 2000|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The State Department has suspended the security clearance of U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk until it completes an inquiry into "suspected violations" of security standards, the State Department confirmed. The move bars Indyk from handling classified materials. There was no indication of espionage, and investigators were focusing on "the sloppy handling of classified information" before Indyk became ambassador, the department said.

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