Nonprofit Can Sue Ex-Intern Accused of Document Theft

The Council on American-Islamic Relations Action Network can move ahead with a lawsuit against a former intern accused of stealing more than 12,000 internal documents, a Washington federal court judge ruled on Friday. The Washington-based Muslim advocacy nonprofit claims Chris Gaubatz posed as a Muslim college student as a ruse to secure an internship, then stole the documents and emails for his father, author and self-described counterterrorism researcher Paul Gaubatz. That Chris Gaubatz obtained the internal documents and gave them to his father is undisputed; the two sides dispute whether the documents were taken unlawfully and whether their publication constitutes protected speech. (posted 06/29/2011)