Exclusive: U.S. may use secrets act to stop suit against Iran sanctions group

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Greek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis last year sued UANI for defamation after the New York-based group, whose advisors include former intelligence officials from the United States, Europe and Israel, accused him of violating sanctions on Iran by exporting oil from the country. Restis' lawyer, Abbe Lowell, declined to comment, but noted court filings in which he argued that the state secrets privilege could not be used without the government first explaining the true nature of its relationship to UANI.