Saturday, January 03, 2015

Sharyl Attkisson sues Justice Department

sharyl-attkisson-587x620Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice.

"I am hoping to get information that sheds light on a number of problems I’ve been dealing with. One of the items the FBI is withholding is information surrounding a case they opened on my computer intrusions, which lists me as the victim.

"Yet they never told me they opened the case, never interviewed me, and won’t produce material relevant to the case or the case file. The case has to progress through court and, historically, the government drags it out (at taxpayer expense). So it’s unclear when, if ever, we might receive the documents to which we are entitled.

"That I’ve had to sue to get my own FBI file is concerning. This administration has a terrible record in respecting the First Amendment rights of journalists.

"To me, the endgame is challenging the federal government for its unlawful responses to FOI requests on a wide range of matters and topics. If nobody challenges them, they will continue escalating the unlawful practices (at taxpayer expense) and the public and press will relinquish the rights we are supposed to have to access public information that we own," Attkisson said.

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