By declining to hear United States v. Morison, the Supreme Court affirms the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s conviction of Samuel L. Morison, an intelligence analyst for the Naval Intelligence Support Center, for espionage and theft of government documents. Morison sold photos of a Soviet nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to the British publication Jane’s Defence Weekly.

Morison became the first government official to be convicted of disclosing classified information to the press.