Federal judge denies FOIA request for secret CIA document

A federal judge has determined that the CIA can keep secret a closely guarded internal analysis at the center of an intense fight between the agency and Congress.

District Court Judge James Boasberg ruled against a journalist on Tuesday who had tried to uncover the classified documents – known as the Panetta Review, because they was completed under orders from former agency Director Leon Panetta – under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The CIA had used “sound” reasoning in keeping the documents secret, Boasberg decided in a 19-page judgment, preventing it from making its way to the public.

The documents “may be withheld in full,” Boasberg added.

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