CIA Allowed To Keep Interrogation Program Docs Secret

Law360, Washington (April 1, 2015, 6:21 PM EDT) -- A Washington, D.C., federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Central Intelligence Agency did not have to cough up documents to a Vice Media Inc. reporter on its use of contentious "enhanced interrogation" techniques, finding the documents were exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

The CIA had properly invoked a deliberative-process privilege exemption to the FOIA when it denied Vice journalist Jason Leopold access to a purported internal study on the agency's controversial former detention and interrogation program, commonly referred to as the "Panetta Review," U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg ruled.

"In the end, requiring disclosure of the reviews would...

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