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Why we’re suing the CIA

by Michael Morisy, MuckRock:

Yesterday marked two milestones for MuckRock: The 10,000th request we’ve helped our users file, and our first lawsuit.

We’re pretty proud of the first milestone, which is result of four years of hard work, creativity, and persistence by both our amazing users and the small, dedicated staff at MuckRock. And I think the results are a testament to what can happen when the public records process works.

We’ve published over 324,000 pages of documents, hours of video, dozens of databases, and built a free, publicly accessible database of thousands of government agencies at the state, local, and federal level, with the largest public database of U.S. public records requests freely available to model even more requests on.

And thanks to the thousands of hard working public access officers – for many of whom that work is only a small component of their job – that’s all been possible without a lawsuit.

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