A federal appeals court in Washington today upheld the dismissal of a defamation suit for statements that Clinton administration officials reportedly made to the press to justify the missile attack against a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan in 1998.

The plant owner, Salah Idris, who was represented by Jones Day, had alleged government officials concocted a story tying him and the plant, El-Shifa Pharmaceutical Industries Co., to terrorism. Administration officials made statements to the press linking Idris to Osama bin Laden.

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