CLARIFICATION: Spy Coins story

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Posted: Dec 09, 2009 5:05 PM

In a Dec. 3 story about secret Pentagon e-mails describing a bogus espionage scare over commemorative Canadian coins, The Associated Press reported that Pentagon spokesman Col. David Lapan declined to identify the Defense Department officials who wrote the e-mails and invited the AP to file a lawsuit to uncover their identities. The story should have specified that Lapan told the AP it could challenge the Pentagon's decision to withhold the authors' names. Under the rules of the Freedom of Information Act, such a challenge would initially involve an administrative appeal followed by a lawsuit if the appeal were unsuccessful.