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Fight to Unseal Critical Evidence in AT&T Surveillance Case

PRESS RELEASE
December 18, 2006

Thursday Hearing on Public Release of Documents

San Francisco - On Thursday, December 21, at 2 p.m., a federal judge in San Francisco will consider requests from media groups to unseal critical evidence in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) class-action lawsuit against AT&T.

EFF's suit accuses the telecom giant of collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in illegal spying on millions of ordinary Americans. The sealed evidence includes a declaration by Mark Klein, a retired AT&T telecommunications technician, as well as several internal AT&T documents and portions of a declaration from EFF's expert witness. Some of the evidence was previously released in redacted form, while other evidence is still completely unavailable to the media and the public.

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker will also consider whether two state court lawsuits against AT&T and Verizon over NSA access to phone records, which were recently transferred to his courtroom, should be transferred back to state court.

WHAT:
Hepting v. AT&T and other NSA telecommunications records lawsuits

WHEN:
2 p.m.
Thursday, December 21

WHERE:
450 Golden Gate Ave., Courtroom 6
San Francisco, CA 94102

For more on EFF's case against AT&T:
http://www.eff.org/legal/cases/att/

Contact:

Rebecca Jeschke
Media Coordinator
Electronic Frontier Foundation
press@eff.org

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