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by Micah J. Fleck
BuzzFeed wants to dig up dirt on deceased Huffington Post and Breitbart founder Andrew Breitbart. The reason? An affiliated journalist asked for the same information back in 2012 prior to Breitbart’s death, and feels like there must be more on the departed media mogul than what was initially given.
Reports The Wrap:
BuzzFeed wants some answers from the FBI about deceased conservative media figure Andrew Breitbart — and it’s willing to sue to find out.
BuzzFeed and journalist Jason Leopold have filed a complaint against the FBI, claiming that the bureau hasn’t done everything it can to answer their request for information on Breitbart.
The complaint, filed Friday in federal court in California, says that Leopold filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI for “all records related to Andrew Breitbart” on Aug. 7, 2012, a few months after Breitbart died at age 43.
According to the suit, the FBI responded to the request on Sept. 4, but said that the bureau only searched it “main file records,” claiming that no records were located.
That was an inadequate effort, as far as the suit is contained.
The complaint says that Leopold appealed the FBI’s response but was denied by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Information in 2013.
Alleging violation of the Freedom of Information Act, the suit is asking the court to order the FBI to “conduct a reasonable search for records, including a cross-reference search, and to produce all non-exempt requested records.”
So, let’s dig into the dead guy’s personal life to posthumously smear him. Sounds like real quality journalism work, BuzzFeed.