Open Government Advocates Protest CIA's $72 per Hour Fee

February 23, 2012

Open government advocates are protesting a recently adopted CIA policy that allows the agency to charge up to $72 an hour to review requests to declassify secret records.

The effect "will be to price the public out of submitting" requests for "mandatory declassification review," the American Library Association, Sunlight Foundation and more than 30 other organizations said in a letter Thursday to CIA Director David Petraeus.

The new approach "is absolutely contrary to President Obama's call for 'an unprecedented level of openness in government.' " they added. 

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