A March 24 article said the Espionage Act makes it
illegal for an unauthorized person to receive or transmit classified information that the
person believes could be used to the injury of the United States and to the advantage of
any foreign nation. The language of the 1917 law actually says the information could be
used either to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of a foreign nation,
but it need not be both. Two pro-Israel lobbyists indicted under the act, however, were
charged with receiving and transmitting information that could be used both to harm the
United States and to the advantage of a foreign nation.