A federal district judge in Washington has ruled that the State Department does not have to provide the American Civil Liberties Union today with embassy cables released by WikiLeaks that the government insisted were still classified even though they had been widely reported on by news organizations.
The 23 cables in the FOIA request included communications about the secret use of drones for targeted killings, opposition to the release of photos showing U.S. torture of detainees and attempts to undermine European investigations into the rendition and torture of terror suspects.
The government had refused to respond to the request, which prompted the ACLU to sue last year. The documents in question had already been released by WikiLeaks. Those documents were part of the trove that former Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is accused of passing to WikiLeaks.
Read the full piece at the ACLU.