A watchdog group on Thursday filed suit against the CIA for information on the role that political appointees have played in obstructing the agency’s response to requests made under open record laws.

The suit, filed by nonprofit Cause of Action, comes after the CIA refused to release records responsive to a congressional investigation into obstruction by 29 federal agencies. Though the records at the center of the suit were created by the CIA Inspector General, it’s up to the CIA to decide whether to release them.

“Although other Inspectors General have disclosed their final reports voluntarily or otherwise furnished copies” under Freedom of Information Act laws, the suit notes, “the CIA is one of the few agencies that refuses to respond to CoA Institute and release the relevant records.

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