Monday, September 8, 2008

Did U of I protect Obama from disclosure of Ayers documents?

Global Labor and Politics: Annenberg-Gate: University Tipped Off Ayers/Obama Ally on Records Release: "The President of the University of Illinois, B. Joseph White, and the University Counsel of the University of Illinois, Thomas Bearrows, contacted Kenneth C. Rolling, the former Executive Director of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) and a professional colleague of Barack Obama for many years, prior to the release of CAC records to the public late last month and offered Rolling an opportunity to recommend to the University which records of the CAC held at the University's Chicago campus (UIC) should be restricted from public access.

In response to Rollings' detailed request to prevent public access to certain CAC records Bearrows replied 'as promised, we will carefully consider the concerns that you identify...'

The request is described in documents released by the University last week pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by a third year law student in Chicago. The law student who initiated the FOIA request provided Global Labor with the documents."

I don't know what, if anything, was redacted. Neither does anybody else outside of the University administration and Obama's cronies. This is a most unfortunate situation.

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