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US cites security more to censor, deny records

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WASHINGTON — More often than ever, the Obama administration censored government files or denied access to them last year under the US Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by Associated Press.

The administration cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy. Most agencies also took longer to answer records requests, the analysis found.

The government’s own figures from 99 federal agencies covering six years show that half way through its second term, the administration has made few meaningful improvements in the way it releases records despite its promises from Day 1 to become the most transparent administration in history.

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