Request for Names of CIA Torturers Gets Boost From Ninth Circuit

May 2, 2019, 1:47 PM

A Freedom of Information Act request for the identities of CIA agents who engaged in torture isn’t dead yet, the Ninth Circuit said May 1.

The district court originally said it didn’t have jurisdiction over Stephen Yagman’s request because he didn’t reasonably describe the records requested. But in 2017, the Ninth Circuit sent the case back to the lower court to give Yagman a chance to work with the CIA to craft an accurate request.

Yagman did consult with the CIA and his revised request sought the identities of specific persons involved in the interrogation program described in the Dec. ...

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