From Northwest Public Radio: The US Attorney in Seattle has stepped in to block the release of information about a once-secret program under which fictitious driver licenses were issued by the state of Washington. In a letter to the state, Jenny Durkan’s office says the documents are “classified national security information.”
Durkan’s letter acknowledges that employees of the U.S. Government have been issued Washington driver’s licenses under pseudonyms. This is so they can conduct undercover activities. But the letter reminds the Washington Department of Licensing that some of its employees signed federal non-disclosure agreements. The letter also says federal law trumps the state’s Public Records Act when it comes to national security.