Friday, October 31, 2014

After the leaks comes the lawsuit

Remember the Alaska National Guard? Well, now it seems [see this report in Military Times] that four members of the ANG have sued the federal government in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia for leaking Privacy Act information to the media and state officials:
The plaintiffs’ attorney, Mathew Tully, said his clients have had consensual relationships with other adults and sought to blow the whistle on inappropriate activities.
Tully said Wednesday that he doesn’t know who leaked the records. Tully said he believes the plaintiffs were singled out as part of a “smear campaign,” with selective information released that did not include responses from the men or final outcomes.
The lawsuit also claims the National Guard kept information in its records related to the plaintiffs that wasn’t relevant and was inaccurate.
Tully said he believed the Anchorage Police Department and FBI had opened investigations into the release of the records.

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