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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has announced a major reorganization of its criminal division with the creation of a National Security Section. The new section will handle terrorism, export enforcement, and espionage matters, along with leak investigations and other matters involving national security. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Wainstein says there has been a flood of cases in the office with national security implications. The cases, he says, involve extradition, the handling of classified information, and working with the intelligence and diplomatic communities. Matthew Olsen, who has spent the past 15 months working on national security policy as special counsel to FBI Director Robert Mueller III, will head the new section. On July 27, the office filed charges in the first-ever prosecution of an Iraqi insurgent. Wesam Al Delaema, an Iraqi-born Dutch citizen, was charged with conspiring to kill Americans in Iraq as part of a group calling itself “Fighters of Fallujah.” And earlier this year, the office indicted a Pakistani man for trafficking in nuclear detonators and indicted a number of individuals for violating trade embargoes on Iran.
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