Ex-Qwest officials want SEC charges dismissed

Four former employees of Qwest Communications who have been facing Securities and Exchange Commission charges have asked a federal court in Denver to dismiss the charges against them because the federal government invoked the so-called "state's secrets" privilege. The defendants, who include former Qwest president Afshin Mohebbi and former CTO Robert Woodruff, say that will hamper their defense cases. Like former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio, they are saying that information about contracts Qwest reportedly was to receive from the federal government is key.

For more:
- see this Associated Press story at CNN Money

Related article:
- Former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio claimed last fall that the federal government blacklisted Qwest. Nacchio report