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Four Months After SDNY Press Fight For CIA Exhibit CNN WaPo and NBC Discover It

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 16 – New York City and Washington are only 204 miles apart.

 But apparently it takes four months for news of a CIA exhibit, released in Federal court in lower Manhattan after Inner City Press three times petitioned trial judge Paul A. Crotty for it, to reach national security reporters in DC. 

    During the February 2020 trial of accused CIA leaker Joshua Schulte before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Crotty, Inner City Press filed three letters into the docket seeking access to the exhibits the government used. These letters were in turn published by USA Today's Big Cases bot, here and here.

After gaining release of the exhibits, Inner City Press published them in full, including on Scribd and Patreon, wrote about them on,and  fielded emails and calls from reporters around the world. 

  Now amid the COVID-19 dearth of in-person proceedings in the SDNY court, one of the exhibits, a CIA internal report, has been "discovered" in Washington by NBC, the Washington Post and CNN, which gushed on June 16 that the report was "released today." 

Well, no. 

And even when these paragons of national security reporting, among them Ken Dilanian of NBC, a duo from the Washington Post and other from CNN, Zachary Cohen and Alex Marquardt, were called on it - not by Inner City Press, but a far from empty wheel h/t - nothing, no response. 

 Inner City Press had this experience repeatedly while reporting from inside the United Nations, until as it inquired into Sec-Gen Antonio Guterres' undisclosed personal financial links with UN bribery firm CEFC China Energy, convicted in the SDNY, it was roughed up and banned from the UN, now 714 days. And since.

 But reporting on court proceedings, where the trials and telephone conferences are public, as are the dockets?

Click here for Inner City Press' 1000 word mini-essay on reporting from the SDNY during the Coronavirus lockdown, including on winning access to sealed documents like on North Korea. And watch this site.  


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