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Mahmoud Hegab sues National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency over bias

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former employee of one of the government's most secretive security agencies has filed a discrimination lawsuit, alleging he lost his security clearance because his wife attended an Islamic school and worked for a Muslim charity.

Alexandria resident Mahmoud Hegab filed the lawsuit this week in federal court against the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency at Fort Belvoir.

Hegab worked at NGA as a budget analyst with a top-secret security clearance. But his clearance was revoked in November after he got married. NGA officials said they were concerned about his wife's schooling at the Islamic Saudi Academy, a private school in northern Virginia.

Officials also cited her employment with an Islamic relief agency as a reason for revoking the clearance.

NGA officials did not respond to an email seeking comment.

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