Anonymous US officials push open government

Monday - 9/19/2011, 6:48pm EDT

By MATTHEW LEE
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - Obama administration officials are talking up open government, transparency and accountability, but are doing it anonymously in apparent contradiction of the goal.

Two senior officials briefed reporters on Monday on the eve of the unveiling of President Barack Obama's Open Government Partnership, which seeks to promote responsible leadership and stewardship of natural resources around the world. But under rules set by the State Department, the officials could not be identified by name.

Reporters questioned whether the conditions of the briefing would meet the standard for the partnership but were told by a third senior anonymous official that the conditions were intended to prevent the president from being pre-empted at his own event.

Obama will launch the voluntary partnership on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.


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