Friday, April 26, 2013

Reluctance to Declassify

According to the Guardian, the British athorities have decided not to open various files with sensitive information from the latter stages of their empire, in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

The 1960s were fifty years ago.

We haven't seen the files and dont know what the considerations were, so we're not in a position to say if the decision was reasonable and defensible or not. We're merely bookmarking the fact that even in the profoundly democratic UK, some files take a very very long time to be declassified.

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