A group dedicated to reducing government secrecy is giving its annual worst performance award to the Justice Department, the agency President Barack Obama ordered in 2009 to lead his drive to open more government records to the public.

The National Security Archive says the department has prosecuted whistle-blowers as leakers of classified information, recycled legal views from the administration of George W. Bush arguing for greater secrecy and charged officials under the Espionage Act for speaking with journalists.

Read more at Official Wire. By Pete Yost, Associated Press

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