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Thursday 3 February 2005

'Earth-shattering' secrets revealed under FOIA

Ten of the UK's oldest state secrets have been revealed under the new Freedom of Information Act. At first glance at least some of these appear not to be of particular importance, so quite why it was deemed necessary that they should be hidden in the archives for so long is not clear, at least to me. No doubt sensitivities at the times these incidents occurred are different than nowadays, but I think what they do reveal most clearly is simply the bureaucrat's desire to obfuscate and conceal as a matter of principle.

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