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
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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.
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