[govinfo] Wikileaks Site Publishes All 6780 CRS Reports

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <fen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2009 10:27:34 -0500

In case you have not heard. Please excuse duplicate postings.
Patrice McDermott
Change you can download: a billion in secret Congressional reports
From Wikileaks
February 8, 2009
Change you can download. 
Wikileaks has released nearly a billion dollars worth of quasi-secret reports 
commissioned by the United States Congress. A full listing of reports is 
available here.
The 6,780 reports, current as of this month, comprise over 127,000 pages of 
material on some of the most contentious issues in the nation, from the U.S. 
relationship with Israel to the financial collapse. Nearly 2,300 of the reports 
were updated in the last 12 months, while the oldest report goes back to 1990. 
The release represents the total output of the Congressional Research Service 
(CRS) electronically available to Congressional offices. The CRS is Congress's 
analytical agency and has a budget in excess of $100M per year. 
Open government lawmakers such as Senators John McCain (R-Arizona) and Patrick 
J. Leahy (D-Vermont) have fought for years to make the reports public, with 
bills being introduced--and rejected--almost every year since 1998. The CRS, as 
a branch of Congress, is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act. 

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