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Court rejects CIA’s rationale for drone secrecy

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court reversed a lower court ruling on Friday that allowed the CIA to refuse to confirm if it had information on the use of unmanned drones to kill suspected terrorists.

A lower court federal judge had sided with the CIA and dismissed a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union seeking those records. In response to the ACLU’s Freedom of Information Act request, the CIA said that merely confirming the existence of drone records would reveal classified information. But the government subsequently backed off that claim during oral arguments before the appellate court.

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