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A federal judge has ordered the FBI to pay a San Francisco journalist almost $500,000 dollars after documents he requested under the Freedom of Information Act were witheld.

The San Francisco Chronicle said their former reporter Seth Rosenfeld was awarded $470,459 for two lawsuits he filed.

They reported:

The lawsuits were two of five he filed against the FBI and the Justice Department starting in 1985. He requested a variety of records pertaining to the FBI’s covert operations at UC Berkeley and its secret relationship with former President Ronald Reagan.

Rosenfeld used the information he received from the FBI in articles for The Chronicle and the Examiner, as well as in his book “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power,” which was released in August.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.