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FOIA News: How a video game about sheep exposes the FBI's broken FOIA system

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How a video game about sheep exposes the FBI's broken FOIA system

By Aaron Sankin, The Daily Dot, Oct. 11, 2016

In April, the Daily Dot filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the FBI about the game. The request asked for “all documents—specifically memos, email correspondence, and budgets—around the development, release, and public reception of the FBI's Slippery Slope game. It’s the one with the sheep.”

After about four months of back and forth with the agency, the Daily Dot finally received a concrete update about the status of our request. The search for records is currently ongoing, but the agency estimates it will be concluded in February 2018.

To recap: It’s going to take almost two full years to pull together the information on how a video game parable about a sheep ended up on the FBI’s website. According to activists who have spent years fighting for greater transparency at the FBI, this delay is the just par for the course.

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