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Gov't appeals order to release classified document

Friday - 4/27/2012, 2:55pm  ET

By FREDERIC J. FROMMER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government has appealed a judge's order that it must turn over a classified position paper prepared during free-trade negotiations.

It's rare for a court to order that a classified document be revealed. But in February, U.S. District Judge Richard Roberts ruled there were no plausible or logical explanations to justify the document's secrecy.

The paper had been prepared during negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, conducted in the 1990s and 2000s, which never resulted in a deal.

The judge sided with the Center for International Environmental Law, which had sought the paper from the U.S. Trade Representative under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Justice Department this week filed a notice that it was appealing the decision.


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