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FBI request to erase classified files nixed

The Justice Department sought extraordinary permission to let the FBI conduct a search-and-destroy mission on any computers harboring classified information about a 1980s case that temporarily became public in a lawsuit. A federal judge, however, rejected the idea. The request from federal prosecutors in Sacramento, was considered highly unusual by legal experts because it did not specify which computers the government believed might contain the classified information or how agents would retrieve and destroy information that already had been made public. “This stuns me,” said Kate Martin, director for the Washington-based Center for National Security Studies. “I have never heard of them asking for such authority before. It’s very disturbing that the FBI is contemplating going out and secretly examining hard-drives to see whether they contain this information.” Full Story

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