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Wireless phone company Qualcomm is being sued by one of its employees after he was arrested for spying in Russia last year. Qualcomm said it is resisting the charges. It has already rejected a demand for $1 million from lawyers acting on behalf the technician, Richard Bliss. Bliss, who still works for Qualcomm (though perhaps not for much longer) says that he was picked up by the Russian spycatchers because his permits weren't in order. They accused him of gathering secret information while performing surveillance work using GPS equipment without a permit. Presumably, that means if he did have a permit he'd have been allowed to spy legally. ®

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