From the post:
It bears repeating that the two defendants, Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, are not accused of being agents of Israel or any other foreign power. The government has stipulated that they are not. Although they are charged under "the Espionage Act," this is not an espionage case.
What makes the whole affair more peculiar still is that the defendants did not even request the disclosure of the information they are accused of mishandling.
"Nowhere is it alleged that Dr. Rosen or Mr. Weissman stole, paid for or even solicited the information that they allegedly received," the defense noted in a January 19 motion to dismiss.
A theory of the law that would penalize such informal transactions between citizens and government officials is obviously susceptible to extreme abuse.