Documents in Plain Sight, but Still ClassifiedJul 24, 2012
By Scott Shane
Can a government document be both publicly available and properly classified at the same time?
That is not a Zen riddle. It is a serious question posed in a provocative lawsuit filed last year by the American Civil Liberties Union, and on Monday a federal judge said the answer was yes.
Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of Federal District Court in Washington ruled that the State Department had acted correctly in withholding more than half of 23 classified diplomatic cables sought by the A.C.L.U. — all of which had been posted on the Web months earlier by WikiLeaks.
Source: The New York Times