Conspiracy theorists, UFO hunters among first to flock to Obama's once-secret presidential records

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Obama conspiracy theorists flock to once-secret presidential records

Once-secret presidential records soon will be public, drawing hundreds of requests

  • Records from the Obama administration are now available via FOIA.
  • The National Archives received 842 requests in the first few days since Jan. 20.
  • While many requests are routine, more than a third ask about conspiracy theories.

Exactly five years after President Obama left office the public got its first chance to request the secret files archived by the administration in January – and hundreds took the opportunity.

While many requests focus on touchstones in the Obama presidency and White House politics, more than a third attempt to dig up dirt on debunked conspiracy theories that took root well before Obama’s 2009 inauguration as well as long-simmering suspicions about the U.S. government.

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