A Group of Openness Warriors Sues the CIA for Stonewalling

A wide-ranging class-action lawsuit was filed Wednesday challenging the Central Intelligence Agency’s practices for handling requests for its records from journalists, national security researchers and the general public.

The suit, filed in federal court in Washington, alleges that the CIA has thrown a series of unlawful hurdles in the path of Freedom of Information Act requesters, such as requiring that requesters commit to pay all fees in advance regardless of the amount, charging for automated searches that involve no actual employee time, and refusing to release records in electronic form.

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