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FOIA News: MuckRock: How we sued the CIA and (mostly) won

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How we sued the CIA and (mostly) won

By Michael Morisy, MuckRock, Dec. 14, 2016

In June of 2014, we announced what was then our first lawsuit: we were suing the Central Intelligence Agency over access to the CREST database, as well as a variety of metadata regarding how that database is used.

CREST serves as the CIA’s vast database of declassified information, much of which dates back through the Cold War. It currently includes over 13 million pages of records.

We’re pleased that after a little over two years, our suit will result in greater public access to an important historical resource. That fight was led by the inimitable Kel McClanahan of National Security Counselors, who represented us pro bono.

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