Freedom of Information Follies: FOIA Reviewers Declassify Same Rwanda Document Four Times, Creating New Secrets Each Time

3 April, 2013 — National Security Archive

Freedom of Information Follies: FOIA Reviewers Declassify Same Rwanda Document Four Times, Creating New Secrets Each Time

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 420

Edited by Michael Dobbs

For more information contact:
Michael Dobbs 202/994-7000 or nsarchiv@gwu.edu

Washington, D.C., April 3, 2013 — The U.S. government’s Freedom of Information Act reviewers produced four different versions of the same State Department document over a 12-year period, releasing different information each time, according to the National Security Archive’s posting today of the documents obtained by author and journalist Michael Dobbs.

The case provides a dramatic illustration of why the US declassification system is broken — and less information is being released over time — with tangible evidence of how four different FOIA reviewers between 2001 and 2012 handled the same document on the Rwanda genocide.

Check out today’s posting at the National Security Archive website – http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB420/

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