The Associated Press is pushing back against the Obama administration's refusal to expedite its request for the photos and video taken during the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound. In an appeal filed with the Defense Department on Wednesday, the news agency argued that the government's delayed response is harming the public interest by allowing anonymous officials to "selectively leak details" of the raid without any validation from the press.
"While the government has released some information, there is much that remains to be known about the raid, its planning and aftermath," said Mike Oreskes, the AP's senior managing editor. "That is the reason for our request."
"Delaying release of the information harms the public interest in knowing what actions were taken by the government in preparation for the mission, and what information was learned after the fact, including whether the information is being properly conveyed to the public now," the AP's appeal read. They added, "Without expedited processing, requests for sensitive materials can be delayed for months and even years."