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The government Thursday lost its bid to stop three London newspapers from publishing excerpts from "Spycatcher," the memoirs of former intelligence agent Peter Wright.

The five judges of the Law Lords, Britain's highest court, unanimously upheld a ruling by the Court of Appeal that The Guardian, The Observer and The Sunday Times could publish the excerpts.While temporary injunctions barring publication were formally lifted, it was not immediately clear whether the book itself may now be legally published and sold in Britain.