Freedom of Information
“CIA Torture, a Senate Investigation, and the Google Search That Launched a Spying Scandal,” VICE News
Jason Leopold and Ky Henderson
Judges’ comments: The CIA and other national security agencies have long resisted openness and transparency about their operations. But through a series of FOIA requests and federal lawsuits, VICE News pushed the CIA and the Department of Justice to declassify hundreds of pages of documents and turn them over. The resulting series of investigative reports revealed new details about the CIA’s use of torture, as well as spying the agency conducted on U.S. Senate investigators. Another story uncovered new details about the CIA’s interactions with the makers of the movie Zero Dark Thirty, about the killing of Osama bin Laden. The VICE News team was not afraid to sue when it felt it was being stonewalled, keeping agencies accountable at a time of unprecedented FOIA obstruction by the Obama administration.