John Kerry shows ‘naked contempt’ in final refusal to share Climate office identities

John Kerry shows ‘naked contempt’ in final refusal to share Climate office identities

  • April 8, 2024

Joe Dwinell, The Boston Herald

Outgoing climate jet-setter John Kerry is again showing his “naked contempt” for transparency by refusing to reveal his staff in an office that has operated in the dark since its inception.

Kerry informed the Herald in a “final” response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted in July of 2022, that the full identity of his office staff will never be released.

“This action closes your request in this office,” he declared via the State Department’s Statutory and Compliance Division.

The only update to the FOIA is the addition of six names of office employees out of 27, and those came after the Herald pointed out two of them were already on Kerry’s climate website.

Federal watchdog Michael Chamberlain, director of Protect the Public’s Trust, told the Herald Sunday Kerry is being contemptuous.

“This combination of secrecy and arrogance has been the hallmark of this powerful State Department unit,”  Chamberlain said. “To suggest it would be a violation of privacy to name the Director of Communications, for example – a person making more $180,000 per year to, ironically, craft public messaging, shows naked contempt for taxpayers.

“The American public funds the paycheck of every person in this office, and they’re entitled to know whom they’re paying and what for,” he added.

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