Steve Aftergood: Secrecy Czar Ungagged, Limited Data Mangles Measuring of Secrecy Tsunami

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Steven Aftergood

COURT LIFTS GAG ORDER ON FORMER SECRECY CZAR

A federal judge this week granted permission to J. William Leonard, the former director of the Information Security Oversight Office, to discuss three documents that were at issue in the trial of former National Security Agency official Thomas Drake.

Mr. Leonard, an expert witness for the Drake defense, had sought permission to publicly challenge the legitimacy of the classification of one of the documents cited in the indictment against Mr. Drake, which was ultimately dismissed.

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LIMITED DATA MAKE SECRECY HARDER TO MEASURE, MANAGE

A new annual report on government secrecy discusses the quantitative and qualitative obscurity of government secrecy policy which makes secrecy hard to evaluate and to control.

The report was published by OpenTheGovernment.org, a coalition of some 80 organizations concerned with government transparency.

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