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White House plans open government

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The moves were welcomed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which said the memoranda stood in stark contrast to a memo issued by John Ashcroft soon after 9/11. This called on government bodies to only release information after exhausting all strategies, including legal action, to withhold it.

While Mr Obama's memoranda do not explicitly overturn this policy, the EFF said: "This is a big step in the right direction."

Thursday, January 22, 2009
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