Wikileaks Hits The Jackpot With Congressional Research Service
from the transparency-is-the-name-of-the-game dept
A bunch of folks have been submitting the rather impressive fact that Wikileaks now has 6,780 reports from the Congressional Research Service free to download. As the post on Wikileaks notes, CRS reports are technically public domain, but have remained in a quasi-secret state, because CRS only releases them to members of Congress. However, the research reports tend to be considered quite credible, non-partisan, timely and useful. That’s often why Congress members don’t want them anywhere near the public. However, there have been some members of Congress who recognize what a travesty this is, and have been pushing to make the reports open. You have to wonder if a staffer for one of them is responsible for the “leak.”
It’s great, then, to see these documents get some well-deserved, and much-needed sunlight. However, the really interesting thing will be what the response is from both Congress and the CRS — both of whom have mostly fought against any attempts to publicly release the documents. It will also be worth watching whether or not these leaks continue as new CRS research comes out, or if there will be something of a crackdown to try (and inevitably fail) to get this information out there.
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Comments on “Wikileaks Hits The Jackpot With Congressional Research Service”
If the documents are public domain and government produced, anyone know why they aren’t subject to FOIA requests?
Apparently not subject to FOIA because it is a branch of the Congress, which gets to have secrets secrets apparently.
This is great. It’s especially great that they also sent them to Open CRS, http://opencrs.com/, which had an extensive collection of CRS reports already. Wikileaks might have added a few thousand to the list, but Open CRS is still the place to go for these types of reports.
please OpenCRS have been doing this for years, nothing new – take a look around:
Re: Open CRS
please – nothing new?
Doesn’t look that way to me.