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Judge orders release of Cheney FBI interview

October 1, 2009 8:40:39 AM PDT
A federal judge says the FBI must publicly reveal much of its interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney during the investigation into who leaked the identity of a CIA operative. The FBI interviewed Cheney in June 2004 as it was investigating the leak of Valerie Plame's identity after her husband criticized the Bush administration. Both the Bush and Obama administrations said they wanted to keep the interview confidential because future vice presidents may not cooperate with criminal investigations if it became public.

But U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled Thursday that there is no justification to withhold the entire interview since the investigation has concluded. He said that limited parts could be withheld to protect national security or personal privacy.

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