State Department Redacts Wikileaks Cables
The ACLU filed a FOIA request for a bunch of cables that Wikileaks had already released complete versions of. This is what happened:
The agency released redacted versions of 11 and withheld the other 12 in full.
The five excerpts below show the government’s selective and self-serving decisions to withhold information. Because the leaked versions of these cables have already been widely distributed, the redacted releases provide unique insight into the government’s selective decisions to hide information from the American public.
Click on the link to see what was redacted.
EDITED TO ADD (3/2): Commentary:
The Freedom of Information Act provides exceptions for a number of classes of information, but the State Department’s declassification decisions appear to be based not on the criteria specified in the statute, but rather on whether the documents embarrass the US or portray the US in a negative light.