Why Is the Obama Administration Trying to Keep 11,000 Documents Sealed?

About time! But like everything else – probably well after the SOL has run out.

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*Update: Ironically, one of the very first memoranda Barack Obama wrote as president was about the Freedom of Information Act, and contained language very similar to Judge Sweeney’s. “The Government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears.” (Hat-tip to analyst Josh Rosner for pointing this out.)

It’s not quite the Panama papers, but one hell of a big pile of carefully guarded secrets may soon be made public.

For years now, the federal government has been quietly fighting to keep a lid on an 11,000-document cache of government communications relating to financial policy. The sheer breadth of the effort to keep this material secret may not have a precedent in modern presidential times.

“It’s the mother of all privilege logs,” explains one lawyer connected with the case.

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