WaPo Sues State Dept For COVID Diplomatic Cables

The Washington Post reports:

The Washington Post filed a lawsuit against the State Department late Friday after the agency denied speedy processing of the newspaper’s request to see diplomatic cables warning of safety issues at a coronavirus research lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the global pandemic originated.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington centers on two cables sent to State Department leaders from diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing after U.S. scientists made several visits to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which has conducted studies on bat coronaviruses like the one that has caused the current health crisis.

It asks the court to declare the State Department’s denial unlawful and direct the agency to give The Post’s request an expedited review.

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