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Suit to Bar AT&T; From Sharing Data Is Tossed

From Times Wire Services

Citing national security, a federal judge in Chicago threw out a lawsuit aimed at blocking AT&T; Corp. from giving telephone records to the government for use in the war on terrorism.

“The court is persuaded that requiring AT&T; to confirm or deny whether it has disclosed large quantities of telephone records to the federal government could give adversaries of this country valuable insight into the government’s intelligence activities,” U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly said.

A number of such lawsuits have been filed around the country after media reports that AT&T; and other phone companies had turned records over to the National Security Agency.


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