Buzzfeed sues FBI over records request on Andrew Breitbart


Buzzfeed is suing the FBI, claiming their initial request for information on “Breitbart” founder, Andrew Breitbart, did not yield an adequate response.

The media company and affiliated journalist Jason Leopold on Friday filed a complaint against the bureau, alleging the FBI did not adequately address a Freedom of Information Act request for “all records related to Andrew Breitbart,” the Wrap reported.

The original information request was filed on Aug. 7, 2012 — only a few months after Breitbart died of congestive heart failure at 43. His sudden death prompted internet conspiracy theories given he threatened to release “damning videos” of Barack Obama just before he passed.

The FBI responded to Buzzfeed’s request less than a month later on Sept. 4, claiming no records were located. According to the suit, the FBI merely searched its “main file records,” which Buzzfeed has since labeled an inadequate effort.

Leopold appealed the FBI’s response, but the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Information denied him again in 2013, according to the Wrap.