Once-secret presidential records will soon be public, attracting hundreds of inquiries
- Obama administration records are now available through the FOIA.
- The National Archives received 842 requests in the first few days since January 20.
- While many inquiries are routine, more than a third ask about conspiracy theories.
Exactly five years after President Obama left office, the public had its first chance to request the administration’s archived secret files in January — and hundreds took the opportunity.
While many inquiries focus on the touchstones of the Obama presidency and White House politics, more than a third attempt to unearth debunked conspiracy theories that took root long before Obama’s inauguration. in 2009 as well as longstanding suspicions about the US government.
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