US sets new record for censoring, withholding gov't files

Monday , March 12, 2018 - 11:43 AM

By TED BRIDIS
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data finds that the federal government censored, withheld or said it couldn’t find records sought by citizens, journalists and others more often last year than at any point in the past decade.

The calculations cover eight months under President Donald Trump. They represent the first hints about how his administration complies with the Freedom of Information Act.

The surge of people who sought records but ended up empty-handed was driven by the government saying more than ever it could not find a single page of requested files and asserting in other cases that it would be illegal under U.S. laws to release the information.

Records requests can take months — even years — to get fulfilled.

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