The State Department today denied the allegations in a Feb. 7 complaint asking officials to turn over a report on the “circumstances surrounding medical and health problems reported by U.S. Government officials working in Cuba, as well as steps that will be or have already been taken to implement” any of the report’s recommendations.
The State Department admitted that it had not produced any records in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the James Madison Project and New Yorker writer Adam Entous. See Lawyer: U.S. should disclose secrets about “acoustic attacks.”
The State Department reply stated:
Defendant denies all allegations in the Complaint, including the relief sought, except as specifically admitted in this Answer.
…Defendant denies that Plaintiff is entitled to the relief requested or to any relief whatsoever.
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson was not satisfied with the State Department’s four-page response and said the defendant must file “a report setting forth the schedule for the completion of its production of documents to plaintiffs, on or before May 1, 2019.”
Or, the judge said, the State Department must file a “dispositive motion,” which would likely ask the court to rule on the case and then dismiss it.