FOIA Advisor

Court opinions issued May 14, 2015

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Leopold v. CIA (D.D.C.) -- Ruling that a Senate committee report concerning the CIA’s former detention and interrogation program was properly redacted pursuant to Exemption 1 and Exemption 3 (in conjunction with 50 U.S.C. §§ 3024(i)(1) and 3507).  The redactions at issue concerned:  "(1) the costs of CIA detention facilities abroad; (2) amounts paid to unknown countries; (3) the size of monetary cuts to CIA intelligence programs; (4) sums given to previously detained individuals; and (5) compensation for medical services."  With respect to Exemption 1, the court found that the CIA  "complied with the procedural and substantive requirements for classifying the information under Executive Order 13,526."   In analyzing Exemption 3, the court pointed out that it owed  "considerable deference" to the CIA's judgment as to whether disclosure of requested information would reveal intelligence sources and methods. 

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