A newspaper reporter representing himself has convinced U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney in San Francisco to order government agencies to speed up their search for records he has requested about government investigations into unauthorized disclosures of classified information. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press reports that the Nov. 29 ruling is a victory for Joshua Gerstein, a reporter for The New York Sun who is seeking the information under the Freedom of Information Act. Gerstein has been trying since March to obtain information from the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency and Department of Defense. This is the third FOIA case Gerstein has pursued in court while acting as his own attorney.
Reporter sways judge in records case
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