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Legal battle forces US government to restore millions of missing e-mails

Millions of e-mails from George W Bush's administration that went missing as a result of a defective e-mail archiving system will be restored after the US government reached agreement in a legal battle.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and the National Security Archive (NSA), which accused the George W Bush administration of a cover-up, announced the settlement.

The two year legal battle was over 94 days' worth of e-mails that went missing during George W Bush's tenure as US president.

The lawsuits began after a revelation in April 2008 that the White House had discovered a problem with the system in 2005 but failed to recover or restore the missing e-mails.

The Executive Office of the President (EOP) will now restore a total of 94 days worth of missing e-mails, which will then be preserved and eventually made available.

"Documents produced so far show the Bush White House was lying when officials claimed no e-mails were ever missing. The record now proves incontrovertibly that Bush administration officials deliberately ignored the problem and, in fact, knowingly allowed it to worsen," said CREW.

Melanie Sloan, executive director at CREW, said, "We may never know exactly what happened to all the missing e-mails, and which Bush administration officials were involved in the cover-up, but we do know the American public never got the full story."

CREW announcement of the agreement >>


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