The Malia Litman FOIA case refers to a notable Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by Malia Litman, an attorney and blogger who sought records related to the U.S. Secret Service’s alleged misconduct during a 2012 trip to Cartagena, Colombia.
Malia Litman is an attorney and blogger who focuses on government transparency, accountability, and misconduct. She is particularly known for her work in uncovering and sharing information about the Secret Service scandal.
In 2012, a group of Secret Service agents and military personnel were accused of soliciting prostitutes and engaging in other inappropriate conduct while on assignment in Cartagena, Colombia, for the Summit of the Americas. The incident led to an internal investigation, with several agents being dismissed or disciplined.
Litman filed a FOIA request seeking records related to this incident, and after experiencing delays and unresponsiveness from the Secret Service, she sued the agency in 2014 to obtain the documents. In 2016, the agency finally released thousands of pages of records in response to her lawsuit.
The released documents revealed details about the misconduct, including the involvement of more agents than previously reported, attempts by some agents to cover up their actions, and questionable management practices within the Secret Service. The records also highlighted broader issues of culture and accountability within the agency.
In summary, Malia Litman’s FOIA case played a significant role in shedding light on the Secret Service’s misconduct during the 2012 Cartagena trip and sparked discussions about the need for greater transparency and accountability within the agency.
These records were provided by the family of anthologist and transparency activist Russ Kick, from his papers, facilitated by the generous assistance of Dr. Susan Maret. This is not a complete collection set of his papers, but rather, a selection of items sent to The Black Vault for digital preservation.
All documents released in Malia Litman’s FOIA Case sent to Russ Kick [6,908 Pages, 600MB] – Please note: This is a large PDF file, and it is recommended you right click, and “save as…” to your desktop or other folder. Once downloaded, the PDF has embedded bookmarks which denote the different file names received in the FOIA release. They were combined here for easier viewing.
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