This sentence seems to use 'and' to connect an independent clause to a complex sentence (adverbial clause + independent clause).

"Smith said the statute is reserved for “traitors and spies,” and while it’s true that espionage refers to spying, the provision Smith was charged under prohibits willful retention of national defense information and has been used to prosecute about a dozen others accused of holding on to classified information over the past five years."

Am I parsing this incorrectly? Is this grammatically correct?

Any guidance is appreciated.


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It's parsed correctly but is a run-on sentence. To eliminate the run-on sentence, you could omit your "and" and just start a new sentence there.

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