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Watch oral arguments for the lawsuit fighting to improve how — and when — agencies search for responsive documents
It started as a bit of a FOIA troll: Requesting CIA’s documentation on how it uses poisons for covert assassinations was always a long shot. Now the court case could help improve FOIA responses for requesters everywhere. Read how to tune in live.
Exactly one year ago, Emma Best sent the Central Intelligence Agency a FOIA request for emails on WikiLeaks. In response, the Agency has repeatedly attempted to stonewall the request using a series of tactics, the latest of which appears to be simply ignoring the matter. Now it’s time to sue.
Last week, Kel McClanahan, the executive director of National Security Counselors, a public interest law firm who often represents intelligence employees, whistle-blowers, and reporters (including MuckRock), joined us on our Slack chat. What followed may not be legal advice, but it sure was interesting.
Represented by National Security Counselors, MuckRock’s lawsuit over the Central Intelligence Agency’s CREST database continues to pay dividends. The most recent win: A ruling that the CIA can’t require you to know both who sent and received an email when requesting electronic records.
Kel McClanahan is the Executive Director of National Security Counselors. His work in national security and information and privacy law often lands him in the world of public records. In this week’s Requester’s Voice MuckRock caught up with McClanahan to discuss strategy, the FOIA officer’s disposition, and paying it forward.