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FOIA News: BuzzFeed News hires 'FOIA terrorist' Jason Leopold

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BuzzFeed News hires 'FOIA terrorist' Jason Leopold from Vice News

By Benjamin Mullin, Poynter, Jan. 3, 2017

BuzzFeed's legal team has helped reporters pry more than 70,000 pages of documents from government agencies with FOIA requests.

That number is about to increase in a big way. On Tuesday, BuzzFeed News announced the hiring of investigative journalist Jason Leopold, who has made a living — and eked out tons of scoops — by deluging the federal government with Freedom of Information Act requests.

Leopold, who currently works for VICE News, is a self-styled "FOIA terrorist," and has the distinction of triggering a flood of stories after suing for Hillary Clinton's State Department emails. Leopold has brought more FOIA lawsuits by himself than any other news organization except The New York Times.

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