The FOIA Request that Cost Agency Employee Jeffrey Scudder His Job Finally Results in CIA Posting Trove of Studies in Intelligence Articles

“The CIA does not retaliate or take any personnel action against employees for submitting FOIA requests” at least according to the CIA. A very interesting case now blown wide open.

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Jeffrey Scudder shares his story about how his career unraveled. (Theresa Poulson/The Washington Post) Jeffrey Scudder shares his story about how his career unraveled. (Theresa Poulson/The Washington Post)

In response to a hard-fought FOIA lawsuit brought by former agency employee and IT specialist, Jeffrey Scudder, the CIA has posted a collection of 249 unclassified and declassifiedStudies in Intelligence articles to its website.

Scudder, then a project manager for the CIA’s Historical Collections Division, filed a FOIA request in 2o07 for 419 Studies in Intelligence articles after discovering “a stack of articles, hundreds of histories of long-dormant conflicts and operations that he concluded were still being stored in secret years after they should have been shared with the public.” During the process of filing the request, Scudder was “confronted by supervisors and accused of mishandling classified information while assembling his FOIA request. His house was raided by the FBI and his family’s computers seized. Stripped of his job and his security clearance, Scudder said he…

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