Barack Obama accused of breaking transparency pledge
Mr Obama’s justice department has proposed that if documents requested by the public are exempt from freedom of information laws, federal agencies should be able to « respond to the request as if the excluded records did not exist. »
Transparency campaigners described the move as a « stunning » reversal of Mr Obama’s pledge to run « the most transparent administration in history » during his campaign for the presidency. In a joint statement, the American Civil Liberties Union, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and OpenTheGovernment.org said the plan threatens to « destroy integrity in government ».
His administration has pursued whistle-blowers far more aggressively than George W. Bush’s, using the Espionage Act to prosecute five alleged leakers.
Only four other such cases had ever been brought by all other US presidents.