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Gitmo Lawyer Asks Court to Allow Him to Review and Discuss WikiLeaks Documents

Posted Apr 28, 2011 11:00 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A former Covington & Burling lawyer who represents Guantanamo detainees has asked a federal judge for permission to read WikiLeaks documents on his own computer.

The U.S. Justice Department has warned lawyers that the documents are classified and they can only be viewed at secure government facilities, even though the public can now access the materials online.

Lawyer David Remes filed his emergency petition in Washington, D.C., the New York Times reports. He wants permission both to read and publicly discuss available documents about his client, Pakistani businessman Saifullah Paracha.

Remes was in the news in 2008 when he dropped his trousers at a news conference to illustrate the humiliating strip searches endured by his Guantanamo clients.

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