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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Accused Spy to Trial

PHILADELPHIA () -- A U.S. federal judge has ruled that former army clerk Robert Lipka is competent to be tried on charges of Cold War spying for the Soviet Union.


After a psychiatric examination at the federal medical center in Minnesota, Lipka was ruled on Friday able to understand the charges and participate in his defense. U.S. District Judge Charles Weiner sealed the report. The trial date has not yet been set.


The former U.S. Army employee from Millersville, Pennsylvania, was arrested Feb. 23, accused of taking secret documents from the National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, between 1965 and 1967. The government said he sold them to Soviet agents for a cumulative total of $27,000. During an earlier hearing, Lipka admitted on the stand that many of his stories were "pure braggadocio."