US judge orders FBI, CIA to disclose Occupy surveillance

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 15, 2016 12:40 PM


People listen to an Occupy Wall Street anniversary concert in Foley Square in New York on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(PHILADELPHIA) -- A federal judge has ordered the FBI and other federal agencies to turn over any potential evidence they spied on Occupy Philadelphia protesters.

The FBI, CIA and National Security Agency have 60 days to comply with the order from Senior U.S. District Judge Berle Schiller.

Lawyer Paul Hetznecker wants to know if the agencies surveilled demonstrators who encamped at Philadelphia City Hall in 2011 to protest income inequality. Similar demonstrations were staged nationwide.

The FBI has turned over seven redacted pages in response to his right-to-know lawsuit.

The judge now wants the unredacted FBI document and information from the CIA and NSA to determine if it should be turned over.

The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported Tuesday on Schiller's order from last week. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to commentnyc.

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