Judge backs State Department’s refusal to provide cables released by WikiLeaks
WASHINGTON — A judge is backing the State Department’s refusal to provide 23 classified embassy cables even though they had already been released by the website WikiLeaks and published by various news organizations.
The American Civil Liberties Union had sought the cables under a Freedom of Information Act request, and sued after the State Department refused to provide them.
U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled Monday that the WikiLeaks disclosure “is no substitute for an official acknowledgement” by the government.
The Washington Post | July 24 2012
Action group lobbies PM over Bradford & Bingley
The Bradford & Bingley Shareholder Action Group has sent an open letter to Number 10 calling for full disclosure of the reasons why B&B was nationalised in 2008.
BBAG, a voluntary ‘not-for-profit’ body representing 1m dispossessed former shareholders in the nationalised bank and building society, wrote the open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron to discover the truth behind what it regards as the deeply and fundamentally “flawed nationalisation” of B&B.
David Blundell, BBAG chairman, said shareholders have sent thousands of requests over many months asking for details of the confiscation of their company under the Freedom of Information Act to MPs, various government ministers, the tripartite regulatory authorities and even the BBC.
Roger Atkin | FT Adviser | 24th July 2012
Those in glass houses… GSA whistleblower enjoying $250,000 bash weeks after she outed notorious Las Vegas conference
She was hailed a hero when she blew the whistle on GSA’s infamous $800,000 Las Vegas conference billed to the taxpayer.
But now footage has emerged of Susan Brita, who said she shared taxpayer’s anger about the $800,000 costs, at a similarly wasteful GSA conference just weeks after the 2010 Las Vegas gathering.
The video shows Brita, GSA’s deputy administrator, on stage enjoying her role as ‘boom whacker’ as part of the event’s drumming troupe
Daily Mail | 23rd July 2012