FBI To Pay San Fran Journo $470,000

This story makes me so happy for so many reasons. First because I once chatted with Rosenfeld and found him delightful, the epitome of a hard-working scrappy journalist and FOI warrior. Second, because the FBI had its arse handed to it on legal grounds. And finally, because it sends a strong signal to stonewalling politicos everywhere…

 

A federal judge this week ordered the FBI to pay a San Francisco journalist almost half a million dollars for withholding records he requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

Seth Rosenfeld, a former reporter at The Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner, won $470,459 in attorneys’ fees for two lawsuits he filed – one in 1990 and another in 2007 – while researching the 1960s protest movement in Berkeley.

The lawsuits were two of five he filed against the FBI and the Justice Department starting in 1985. He requested a variety of records pertaining to the FBI’s covert operations at UC Berkeley and its secret relationship with former President Ronald Reagan.

Rosenfeld used the information he received from the FBI in articles for The Chronicle and the Examiner, as well as in his book “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power,” which was released in August.

Rosenfeld said the FBI had failed to turn over all of the documents he requested, and that it wasn’t until he engaged them in a series of legal battles that the agency released thousands of pages…

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/FBI-must-pay-S-F-journalist-470-000-3965054.php#ixzz29uLznWEu

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