Anonymous US officials extol government openness

By REUTERS
September 20, 2011 03:08

 
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NEW YORK - US President Barack Obama's administration sent two anonymous officials to brief reporters on Monday on an initiative designed to promote transparency and accountability by governments around the world.

Eight governments, including the United States, plan to release "national action plans" on the Internet describing how they intend to shed light on their operations, including such matters as how they spend public resources.

"As the old Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis used to say, sunlight is the best of disinfectants," said one of the senior US officials, who insisted on speaking on condition of anonymity.

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