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Meanwhile, the attorney for former agent Jeffrey Sterling criticized the government for prosecuting his client while failing to go after the reporter and publisher who produced the book that purportedly disseminated the leaked secrets. Mr. Sterling had worked on the CIA’s Iran Task Force.

“The government seems to find a way to indict the most minor players, while the publishers and media get off the hook. Sources beware,” defense attorney Edward MacMahon said outside the courtroom after the hearing.

The law governing illegal disclosures of classified information makes it a crime not only for a government agent to leak documents, but also for a reporter or anyone else who receives the information to make it public. But the law is rarely used to prosecute non-government officials, and it has proven problematic for prosecutors in the past.

WHITE HOUSE

Obamas attend church services

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended Sunday services at an African Methodist Episcopal church near the White House.

Metropolitan AME bills itself as “the National Cathedral of African Methodism.”

During morning prayers, the congregation was asked to remember the people of Tucson, Ariz., where a gunman went on a shooting spree last weekend that killed six people and wounded more than a dozen others, including a congresswoman.

The congregation also sang birthday wishes to the first lady, who turns 47 on Monday.

KANSAS

Dole again released from Walter Reed

TOPEKA, Kan. | Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole has been released from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington for the second time in less than a week.

Mr. Dole said in a statement Thursday that he feels “a whole lot better” after being treated for a minor infection. He said he plans to return to work Friday.

The former U.S. senator first left the hospital Jan. 7, but returned that same night after a recurrence of a fever. The 87-year-old Mr. Dole spent 10 months at Walter Reed last year after suffering pneumonia following knee surgery. He left the facility in mid-November. Mr. Dole was elected to the U.S. House in 1960, and the Senate in 1968. He was the Republican nominee for president in 1996, but lost to President Clinton.