The U.S. Justice Department today urged a judge in Washington to allow the government to keep secret internal documents and correspondence that would reveal investigative techniques, confidential sources and potential targets of the ongoing WikiLeaks criminal investigation.
The Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center sued the government last year to try to force the disclosure of the names of any WikiLeaks supporters who may have become surveillance targets. The privacy center also wants to see any government communication with Internet and social media companies about those advocates.
Today, DOJ filed papers in Washington's federal trial court asking a judge to shut down the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
In support of the request, the government submitted a series of secret declarations to the chambers of the presiding judge, Richard Roberts, articulating why none of the responsive records—including evidence summaries and confidential source statements—should be released to the public. The WikiLeaks investigation, DOJ said, is ongoing.