Kerry’s Office Redacted Every Staffer Name in FOIAed Emails
- August 24, 2022
Staff, Discover the Networks
Fox News Digital reports that the office of Special Presidential Envoy for Climate* John Kerry redacted each of the names and emails of their staffers in emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from government watchdog Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT), which revealed the correspondence between Kerry’s office and several recipients, including nearly 20 climate change groups.
“It hardly seems in the public interest, in fact it appears the antithesis of serving the public interest, to hide the names of government officials who are communicating with controversial outside activist organizations that are attempting to influence government policy,” PPT director Michael Chamberlain told Fox.
“The State Department’s attempts to keep from the public the names of every one of their employees involved in these communications stands in stark contrast to the attorney general’s declaration that ‘transparency in government operations is a priority of this administration,’” Chamberlain continued.
“State’s attempts to conceal the identities of the officials participating in these conversations was so excessive they first attempted to conceal the name of the person whose documents we requested in the first place,” he added.