Judge orders FBI to release files on Lennon

US District Judge Robert Takasugi ruled Thursday that the FBI must turn over the remaining 10 pages of their file on former Beatle John Lennon to University of California, Irvine law professor Jonathan Wiener. The government fought to keep the pages confidential because a foreign nation provided the information the pages contained, but Judge Takasugi rejected the government's argument that the release would pose a national security threat.

Wiener originally sued the government to release the files in 1983 under the Freedom of Information Act, and in 1997, he received 248 pages as a settlement. The already public files, as seen on Professor Wiener's John Lennon FBI files website, were gathered from 1971 to 1972 and include memos regarding Lennon's donations to a group that planned to demonstrate at the 1972 Republican National Convention, but contain no criminal allegations. AP has more. Click here to visit Professor Wiener's "John Lennon FBI files" homepage.

 

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