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Captive Navy Officer Released

NPR's Barbara Bradley reports on the case of Navy Petty Officer Daniel King, who was held for 500 days on suspicion of spying for Russia without being charged. A military judge ordered King's release, saying the Navy didn't have enough evidence to try him. During King's lengthy detention, from September of 1999 to earlier this month, he was not allowed to have a lawyer. The Navy says King waived his right to legal representation. It's defending itself against criticism that it conducted interrogations that lasted for up to 19 continuous hours, over a 26-day period. The lawyers King now has maintain that the Navy hid audio tapes that supported his claims of innocence.

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