A judge’s refusal to allow a lawyer to use materials the Central Intelligence Agency claims are subject to the state-secrets privilege did not violate the right of access to the courts, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

The circuit said the wife of a fired CIA employee who is suing the agency has “no right to use information covered by an assertion of the state-secrets privilege to challenge that assertion,” and the government’s unwillingness to facilitate use of the information did not violate the U.S. Constitution.

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