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UW law student sues CIA over Salvadoran civil war documents

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SEATTLE (AP) — A University of Washington law student is suing the CIA over documents related to the El Salvadoran civil war.

The Seattle Times reports the student has filed a federal Freedom of Information Act lawsuit alleging the CIA has illegally withheld information about an El Salvador army officer suspected of human-rights violations during that country’s civil war.

Mina Manuchehri is a fellow with the UW Center for Human Rights and a third-year law student. Her lawyers filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court.

It alleges the CIA has withheld documents regarding retired Salvadoran Army Col. Sigifredo Ochoa Perez, who is under criminal investigation in his own country for alleged involvement in the killings of civilians during the civil war in the 1980s.