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CNET News.com: Sklyarov backs employer despite U.S. deal

Dec 20, 2001, 10:19 (16 Talkback[s])
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"The Russian software programmer who escaped prosecution as the first person charged under a controversial new U.S. copyright law said Wednesday he stands by his employer, which still faces trial.

"I am extremely disappointed with any implication that I am, in any way, cooperating with the (U.S.) government," Dmitry Sklyarov said in a news conference. "I am a man of integrity and as such am doing nothing more than telling the truth, not for or against anyone."

The United States freed Sklyarov last Thursday as part of a "diversion agreement" under which he admitted facts, but no wrong-doing, and agreed to testify at trial if the prosecution decides to call him, according to Joseph Burton, attorney for Moscow-based ElcomSoft."

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