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Case l:17-cr-00182-RDM Document 13 Filed 10/05/17 Page 1 of 2 


UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 


FILED 

OCT -5 2017 


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 
v. 

GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS, 
Defendant. 


Clerk, U.S. District and 
Bankruptcy Courts 

Criminal No. 17-182 (RDM) 

Filed Under Seal 


ORDER 


Having heard the Government’s motion to seal the proposed plea agreement in this matter 
and to close the courtroom for the plea hearing, and having considered the motion and exhibits, 
the Court finds as follows: 

1. The Government has established a compelling interest in maintaining the secrecy of an 
ongoing, sensitive investigation; 

2. A substantial probability exists that disclosing the defendant’s guilty plea and the facts 
underlying that plea, either in the plea agreement or through dissemination at the plea hearing, 
would compromise the ongoing investigation by discouraging individuals the Government seeks 
to interview in the near future from speaking or otherwise cooperating with Government 
investigators; and 

3. No measures other than the sealing of the plea agreement and closing of the courtroom 
for the plea hearing are adequate to protect the Government interest at stake, because redactions 
or partial sealing of the plea agreement, or closure of the courtroom for only part of the hearing, 
would not prevent the defendant’s identity as the individual pleading guilty from being 
publicized. 

Accordingly, based on the foregoing findings, it is hereby ORDERED that the United 



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States’ motion is GRANTED; it is further 

ORDERED that the plea agreement shall be sealed until further order of the Court; it is 

further 


ORDERED that the courtroom shall be closed for the plea hearing scheduled for October 
5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., and that any transcript of that hearing shall be filed under seal until further 
order of the Court; and it is further 

ORDERED that the Government shall immediately inform the Court if continued sealing 
is not necessary, and that on or before November 6, 2017, the Government shall file a status 
report with the Court setting forth any continued need to seal the plea agreement and transcript of 


the plea hearing. 


Date: October 5, 2017 



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